Six years after his graduation from Washington College, Brandon holds a Master in Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Next up: a three-year residency program in ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin.
With a double major in biology and psychology, as well as some independent research experience investigating Rett Syndrome at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Brandon was an attractive candidate for medical school.
“Washington College really had prepared me well for medical school,” recalls Brandon. “I had great mentors in both biology and psychology who helped build my interest in research and medicine.” He says the Cater Society of Junior Fellows, which funded his participation in a medical missionary trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua, solidified his interest in a medical career.
Brandon has chosen to specialize in a field that combines his interests in medicine, diagnosis and surgery.
“One of my first rotations in med school was neurology,” he recalls. “We had a patient who had been seeing doctors for two years but no one could tell her what was wrong. When she was hospitalized, she was given an eye exam. Those findings pointed to a diagnosis of MS [multiple sclerosis]. That early case in my career helped me understand the importance of the eyes and the significance of a proper eye exam. We were able to give her a diagnosis and prognosis, and prescribe treatment.”
When Brandon did his rotation in ophthalmology, he says, “I loved everything about it. I like the idea that I can have longitudinal relationships with my patients.”
He is married to Dr. Heather Whiting, Class of 2006.