International Women’s Day: Interview with Dr. Melanie Roy

International Women’s Day: Interview with Dr. Melanie Roy

Today is International Women’s Day and to celebrate, we spoke with one of our very talented surgeons, Dr. Melanie Roy, about why she got into medicine and what International Women’s Day means to her.

What made you want to go into medicine?

I was always curious to understand how things worked in the human body. After all, what is more challenging to understand than that?

What first began your interest in ophthalmology?

I had a real passion for eyes. I thought they were such wonderful organs, very complex in such a small area. I was very curious about them and wanted to understand how they work. I also was very attracted to the physics aspect of ophthalmology. In university, I was always strong in math and physics.

What do you like about your job?

I like that we work with all kinds of people. I find it particularly motivating to work with young adults that have a high demand, and so much to gain from our procedures. I also really enjoy working in a private clinic where I have a lot of motivated colleagues around me.

What are your strengths?

I would say that I am meticulous and rigorous.

What are you passionate about?

In work, aiming for perfection. In life, discovering, by traveling around the world.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

I think it is a great opportunity to pause and think about women and their primordial role in society and to appreciate them.

Who was your female role model growing up?

Both my grandmothers. One was a school teacher; she loved to teach. She was playing with words all the time, so I got introduced to Scrabble at a very young age. She even wrote a few books. And she taught me to play piano. My other grandmother was a business woman. I admired how she was managing a store, a farm and a family without ever seeming tired or overwhelmed. She never rested!

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “Balance For Better”, meaning that it’s important to create a gender-balanced world, where everyone has a part to play. What do you think of that?

I think it is very important to focus on a person’s abilities and capacities, regardless of their gender, age, background, and other particulars.