Plastic surgeon Emily Kirby, MD, was 5 years old when she first told her mother she was going to be a doctor. “She says she kept waiting for me to change my mind, but I never did,” recalls Dr. Kirby.
When a friend’s father—who was a plastic surgeon—visited her second-grade class to talk about his job, she promptly chose her specialty. “At that point, I wanted to be an artist, a doctor or a race car driver, but when he showed us pictures of cleft lips and palates, I was floored,” she says. “I went home and told my parents that I could be an artist and a doctor, and that my mind was made up. I was going to be a plastic surgeon.”