Dr Bigelow was born and raised in south Florida. She spent her childhood as an aspiring marine biologist with south Florida’s tropical waters as her playground. However Florida lost its hold and she flew north to complete high school at Phillips Andover and college at Barnard College, Columbia University. She continued to placate her scientific curiosity in Columbia’s laboratories before opting to go to medical school at the University of Miami. Graduating in 1990 she returned to the northeast to complete her residency in Internal Medicine at Harvard’s New England Deaconess Hospital. During this time there was an evolution in her desired career path from that of physician scientist to actual clinician. She discovered that she loved applying her knowledge base to help treat people. A field that was particularly appealing was critical care and pulmonary medicine and to follow that path she left the east coast and traveled west to San Francisco for fellowship at UCSF. She completed fellowship in 1996 and went to work initially at the Alameda County medical center before beginning her private practice in San Francisco in 1999.
Since that time Dr. Bigelow’s type A personality has gotten the best of her. She pushed out the boundaries of her specialties to include sleep medicine, boarded in 2007 and then, possibly to placate that childhood dream, Hyperbaric and Dive Medicine in 2011. She is now involved in developing the Comprehensive Lung Center at St. Mary’s hospital, learning innovative, minimally-invasive diagnostic techniques for lung disease.
Dr. Bigelow is a city girl, finding a place to put down roots in San Francisco. She is raising a school age daughter and together they have embraced the sports of northern California, biking and hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. Looking at the back end of 50, she is now facing one of life’s milestones; chasing her daughter down the slopes, she can no longer keep up.
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