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Expats to Repats: Dr. Quinn returns to his roots at Roswell Park

Dr. Timothy Quinn has always felt a strong connection to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Quinn, 33, volunteered at Roswell Park as a high school student, and he worked there as a summer intern while attending medical school at Georgetown. So when a full time anesthesiologist position became available at the same time Tim and his wife, Marie, were contemplating a move back to Buffalo, he jumped at the chance. IMG_1742

“I’ve worked at many hospitals,” Tim said, “but Roswell is truly a special place. It takes its mission to be the best comprehensive cancer center in the country very seriously.”

Tim, a South Buffalo native, never felt the need to “get away” from Buffalo, but he did feel the need to venture out and explore other places. Marie, 32, felt the same way. Having grown up in Honolulu, Hawaii, she wanted to see other parts of the country.

Both Tim and Marie went to college away from their home states, and they met at Georgetown University for medical school. They met on a campus tour — he was the guide, and she was visiting the school.

“We were both drawn to the emphasis on patient-centered care at Georgetown,” Tim said. “The medical students are very involved at the hospital, so we gained a lot of hands-on experience. Also, the neighborhood of Georgetown is filled with many great shops and restaurants; it was a fun place to study and work.”

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Names: Timothy and Marie Quinn
Age: 33, 32
Current location: Amherst (Snyder)
Previous locations: Honolulu, Hawaii; Boston, Mass.; and Washington, D.C.
Love most about Buffalo: Being part of the city's resurgence
Disliked most about Boston and D.C.: High cost of living

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Upon graduation, both Tim and Marie matched residencies in Boston. And after five years in Bean Town, they returned to Maryland. But Tim says life was a lot different then.

“We had more responsibilities with work. We had two small children. It wasn’t practical for us to live in the heart of Washington, D.C., like we used to.” Tim and Marie 8x12 crop

Their No. 1 priority in looking for a place to settle down was finding positions where they both were satisfied and could utilize their skills and training. They also wanted a place where they could maximize their quality of life and be close to family. The more Tim and Marie thought about it, the more Buffalo seemed like the ideal fit.

Though she didn't grow up in Buffalo, Marie had visited the Queen City, and she had met plenty of Western New York transplants while living in Boston and D.C.

“Even though people moved away from Buffalo, it still mattered to them,” she said. “It was part of their everyday life. So I knew it was special and that it would provide a place with roots for our children.”

“I already had a job in Maryland, and Marie had several offers in D.C. coming out of fellowship,” Tim added. “However, the job opportunities in Buffalo had everything we were looking for. I’m able to practice anesthesiology and critical care at Roswell and pursue academic interests. For Marie, it’s radiology with a special emphasis on breast imaging and women’s health at Great Lakes Medical Imaging.”

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Even though it wasn’t in their initial master plan when they started out in their medical careers, Buffalo turned out to be an unexpected, permanent detour that both Tim and Marie are thankful for.

“I love taking care of people from this community,” Tim said. “One of my first patients in August was an 80-year-old woman having surgery. She saw my Bills scrub cap and started a conversation with me about the quarterback competition in training camp.

"It’s great to be around passionate people who love Buffalo again.”

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