Staying on Top of the Latest Technologies
Dr. Collier King has never shied away from a challenge. Motivated by the gratification that comes with solving complex problems, it’s no wonder he found his way to the radiology field. “A radiologist is a true ‘doctor’s doctor’ and as a consultant, I have to speak the language of surgeons, neurologists, oncologists, and others,” explains Dr. King. “Becoming a radiologist has allowed me to make diagnoses, help guide clinicians, and occasionally make a completely unexpected finding which changes the management dramatically.” In addition to making diagnoses and helping not just patients but also other healthcare providers, Dr. King also enjoys the radiology field for its ever-changing techniques and technologies.
Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Medicine – Harrogate, TN
Board-Certified, American Board
Musculoskeletal Radiology Vanderbilt University Medical Center – Nashville, TN
1. What do you love most about your profession?
Radiology is a unique medical specialty that touches all aspects of healthcare. The knowledge and skills of radiologists are essential for diagnosing and treating diseases, and the field is constantly evolving to meet the needs of patients. Knowing I am an integral part of a patient’s care brings me great satisfaction.
2. What do you see as the most exciting new development for your profession?
PET and CT scans are rapidly developing, and new, more targeted and powerful tracers and applications are being developed all the time.
3. Why did you choose to become a doctor?
I grew up in a medical family. My dad was an orthopedic surgeon, and my mom was a nurse practitioner. I was naturally influenced by them, but I also grew fascinated by the human body and how it works. I realized that I could use my skills and knowledge to improve the lives of others.
4. Why have you chosen this field of specialty?
Radiology is a cerebral and analytical field. I am constantly solving problems and using my training on a daily basis. I also enjoy interventional image-guided procedures and face-to-face patient care.
5. What is your philosophy when it comes to the care of your patients?
One of the best pieces of advice I received in medical school was to treat every patient as if they were my own family. This means providing them with the same level of care and compassion that I would want for my own loved ones. When faced with a difficult decision, I ask myself, “What would I want done if this was my father, mother, or child?”