Alumni spotlight

Jacob Jaremko, BSc (Eng) ’96, MD-PhD (Biomedical Engineering) ’03


Jacob Jaremko

Changing lives through infant screening

Dr. Jacob Jaremko, MD, PhD is a pediatric musculoskeletal radiologist, Associate Professor and Capital Health Endowed Chair at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. After a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Calgary, he stayed on to obtain a combined MD-PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Calgary. This he followed with residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and two clinical fellowships: Pediatric Radiology at the Royal Children's Hospital, University of Melbourne and Musculoskeletal Radiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. His main research interests are in pediatric musculoskeletal development and adult arthritis.

The people I met and worked with during those years are friends, research collaborators and mentors to this day.

Dr. Jacob Jaremko

pediatric musculoskeletal radiologist

What’s your favourite UCalgary memory?

Coming into the research lab mainly when I needed a break from getting the real work of my PhD done, because it was such a fun lab group we would mostly just relax together with a view of the mountains from HMRB!

What was your favourite campus hang-out?

The little hill beside sciences buildings in the September sun.

What advice would you give your student self today?

Take fewer soil mechanics courses if you are going to end up in medicine!

How did your engineering degree help you get to where you are today?

My Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering laid the foundation for my MD-PhD in Biomedical Engineering. The people I met and worked with during those years are friends, research collaborators and mentors to this day.

How has your career path evolved and changed since your graduation?

I left engineering for medicine and then came nearly full circle, now an academic radiologist engaged in biomedical engineering research.