A Brief Conversation with…Jing Tao

Jing Tao, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York

This month we are featuring Dr. Jing Tao. Dr. Tao is an anesthesiologist and intensivist at Memorial Sloane Kettering Hospital in New York. She is originally from NYC, completed residency training at the University of Maryland, and then her critical care medicine fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. We asked Dr. Tao to reflect on her experience as a SOCCA member so far.

How long have you been a SOCCA member?

Since 2012.

What is your favorite part about SOCCA?

I like that it is a small group, which makes it easier to manage and navigate. It is less daunting than SCCM, for example.

What are you hoping to get out of your membership?

SOCCA was one of the first professional societies I joined, and I recently started serving on the membership committee. I hope to learn more both about how professional societies operate and help contribute to the growth of this organization.

Why did you choose critical care?

I have loved being in the ICU since I was a medical student. It amazed me how well and how easy it was for intensivists to manage the sickest patients in the hospital. I also love the interdisciplinary management and human interaction that comes with each patient. It is also a nice change from the typically solitary work of an anesthesiologist.

What are your special areas of interest?

Blood management, factor concentrates, and the use of viscoelastic coagulation testing to minimize blood transfusion.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Cooking, baking, and traveling.

What was the last place you visited?

I had a trip booked to New Zealand in March, but it was canceled due to COVID. I am currently in Maine to see the fall colors!

What is your favorite food?

I eat everything! There really is not a food item that I do not love.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

This is slightly weird but fitting for the times — I am an immigrant originally from Wuhan, China. It is a large city in central China that no one has ever heard of...until now! It will probably be famous for a long time to come.

Author

Alisha Bhatia, MD
SOCCA Membership Committee Vice-Chair
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Rush University, Chicago, Illinois