Griffin Struyk- 2020 Climb4KC Scholar

When he’s not studying for med school exams, you can find Griffin spending his time skiing, sailing, or fishing.  Originally from Minnetonka, Minnesota, Griffin attended college at the University of Connecticut, where he raced on the alpine ski team. He developed an interest in medicine while volunteering as a research assistant at a local emergency room in college. During this time, he learned to appreciate the important role that research plays in transforming medical care. Before coming to the U of M for medical school, he spent 2 years at Yale School of Medicine working in clinical research on heart-kidney interactions and therapies for heart failure. Much of his work was focused on kidney physiology, which is how he developed an interest in diseases of the kidney, such as cancer. As a medical student, Griffin was inspired by the work of experts like Dr. Weight, who are using cutting-edge technology to combat kidney cancer. Using artificial intelligence to help understand and treat kidney cancer is an amazing example of medicine as both an art and a science, and he is thrilled to join a great team of researchers with the opportunity to create a real difference in patient outcomes.