Written by Nathan Clendenin for UNC Health Care
Sometimes those who have a long list of accomplishments behind them can be a bit intimidating, to say the least. Not so with Cindy Bulik, who started and directs the UNC Eating Disorders Program. While shadowing Bulik for a morning on campus, I was surrounded by at least 20 women discussing their research on eating disorders– a topic I am fairly clueless about and one that quite frankly frightens me a little bit. However, Bulik’s composed yet approachable demeanor set the tone in the room and I immediately felt at ease, relaxed even. This was a room full of passionate and compassionate women with bulldog determination to do the best research and clinical work in their field. To quote Bulik herself, “I’m just one of those people, if you tell me I can’t do it, then I’m going to do it.”
Since we started profiling doctors, who are indeed real people, I’ve been fascinated with how their lives at the hospital and their interests outside of it are woven together. These lives are not defined by their work, but by a pursuit of their passion, their calling or whatever label you put on it. Watch this month’s episode and see what I mean.