WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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of the Division of Gastroenterology at Beth Israel, and is the Charlotte F. & Irving W. Rabb Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Caroline is the Chief of Neuroradiology at BCH and an Associate Professor of Medicine at HMS. But their path wasn't always so certain. Exploring New Directions "I came to Boston with Simon and our one-year-old daughter, and neither of us had a Massachusetts medical license," explains Caroline. "In South Africa, you automatically receive a medical license to start practicing after graduating with a medical degree, but I didn't know at the time that it isn't the case here." Just by chance, a fellowship position opened up at BCH a year after their arrival. The role was perfect given Caroline's experience as a pedi- atric radiologist. "I required two years of fellowship training in order to apply for a full Massachusetts medical license," she recalls. She became the first pediatric neuroradiology fellow at Children's Hospital, a newly created position. "It was such a gift," she says definitively. Meanwhile, the J1-study visa that allowed Simon to conduct research in transplantation and liver disease neared expiry. He had opportunities that weren't feasible in South Africa, or most parts of the world. With Caroline's new opportunity and a desire to extend the research sojourn, a green card for permanent residency was required. "We consulted a lawyer at the Harvard International Office and were told to apply for 'first preference immigrant worker' status," Caroline recalls. "In our case, it referred to 'extraordinary ability in the sciences'." "We were incredibly fortunate that our application was successful and we were able to obtain permanent resident status in the mid-1990s," Simon says. Caroline, meanwhile, gained necessary experience and passed American Board of Radiology exams. Both became registered as med- ical practitioners with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine. Immigrated from: S O U T H A F R I C A The Robson Family 82 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8 Welcome Home

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