North Central College - Naperville, IL

Veronika Gagovic

Class Year: 
2001

Biochemistry major

Dr. Veronika Gagovic gained her inspiration to pursue medicine from a typical source in a very atypical setting. Her father, a physician in war-torn Bosnia, was murdered in the Bosnian conflict.

She spent her teen years supporting her widowed mother and brother as a translator for NATO, but then found her way to a small liberal arts school in Naperville, Illlinois— North Central College, a place for her to heal and grow into her future role in the medical field.

A nearly perfect grade point average in biochemistry and great faculty mentoring resulted in a spot at Loyola Medical School, and national recognition as a Soros Fellow—the equivalent of a Rhodes Scholarship for new Americans. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Indiana University and will begin a fellowship program in gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Wisconsin Medical Center.