Q&A with Anthony Purgianto, MD, PhD 

Where you work: 

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics 

Typical day in your shoes: 

It varies. On interventional service, I perform ECT, supervise rTMS, or provide outpatient and inpatient evaluations for interventional treatments. On inpatient service, I round on various inpatient units with residents and medical students. On academic blocks, I prepare materials for upcoming presentations or lectures, working on clinical research projects, or preparing manuscripts. I also attend interventional psychiatry team meetings and lecture series. 

What’s your favorite part of being a psychiatrist? 

Working in the procedure suite. Being able to perform interventional procedures when other treatments have failed. Learning and contributing to the advancement of this field has been very rewarding. 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard? 

Believe in your dreams (it was from Disney). 

Favorite vacation experience/destination: 

The one I have gone to: Glacier National Park in Montana. Top on my bucket list: Antarctica. 

What actor/actress would you want to play you in the movie about your life? 

Skipper (one of the penguins from Madagascar movie series) 

Favorite movies: 

March of the Penguins, Black Hawk Down 

What’s one thing that can instantly make your day better? 

A good long nap and playing with dogs



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