I always dreamed about becoming a medical doctor since I was 5 years old.”
Born in Korea, Sophia Apple, M.D. survived a childhood bout with polio which left her with a slight limp and a determination to become a physician. In her second year of medical school she became fascinated with pathology, which she calls “the brain of medicine.”
After more than 20 years at UCLA (15 as director of breast pathology), Dr. Apple came to City of Hope to expand her clinical and research work with breast cancer, in search of better treatments for her patients.
Dr. Apple studied biochemistry at New York University, received her medical degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and completed her pathology residency and fellowship at UCLA.
Dr. Apple literally “wrote the book” on combining breast imaging and pathology, co-authoring a definitive textbook on the subject and published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles related to breast diseases.
She’s grateful and loves America for the opportunities given for her to fulfill her dreams.