Veronika Gagovic ’01
In 2001, when Veronika Gagovic, M.D., received a prestigious Soros Fellowship—one of the nation’s most competitive post-graduate awards and the equivalent of a Rhodes Scholarship for New Americans—she was in good company. Some of her co-recipients held undergraduate degrees from Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Columbia.
Growing up during the Bosnian War, Gagovic was inspired to pursue medicine by her physician father, who was murdered during the conflict. After spending her teen years supporting her widowed mother and brother as a translator for NATO, she eventually went on to attend North Central College, achieving a nearly perfect grade-point average in biochemistry before securing a spot at Loyola Medical School. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Indiana University, was a fellow in gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Wisconsin Medical Center, and is now a gastroenterologist at GastroIntestinal Associates, SC in Wausau, WI.