Staff Spotlight – Mark Olson, PA-C

Mark has been a Physician Assistant in Pediatric Cardiology for 10 years.

I predominantly work in pediatric electrophysiology providing support for pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), electrophysiology studies and ablations, and arrhythmia clinics. I have worked for 10 years at UIHC with all of it in pediatric cardiology. The first several years I worked in the pediatric catheterization lab where I still help from time to time.

I have been married to my wife, Tiffany, for 16 years. We met in college at Brigham Young University but I am originally from Iowa. She taught sixth grade for a few years but now substitute teaches in the Iowa City elementary schools. We have five (5) children ranging in age from 5 to 14 years old.

We love to travel, even with all the kids :). I love reading, especially boring stuff. We are at the point that we get to attend sport and performance activities that our children participate in and we really enjoy it. Recently, I shoveled a lot of snow.

I feel like I have my dream job. I work with a lot of people I enjoy and our division is very supportive in my professional development and just in general. I get a lot of satisfaction from the fact that many of the patients in pediatric cardiology and electrophysiology have a problem that can be “fixed” and they can return to normal or nearly normal activities.

The most fascinating place I’ve ever lived is I lived in Brazil for two years as a missionary.

Favorite book and move: Book: Ender’s Game; Movie: Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, and Zombieland.

If I had 3 wishes, they would be to have a magic power to secretly pay off other people’s debt; have faster than light travel actually be possible (not break causality) and have ships that can regularly do it; and ensure the whole world lives in communities that are free and protected by a constitution that guarantees their rights.

Fun facts:

  • I have proven twice that I can very happily live off a Wig & Pen Union Jack Chicago Style pizza for a week while my wife and children are visiting grandma and grandpa.
  • I have the worst badge picture out there. My badge broke after several years of use and had to be replaced. My new badge picture was taken on the first day of someone’s job in the badge office. I sat down and she immediately took the picture while I was getting ready. I asked her if it looked “ok” and she said it did. I got up to look at it but she had already started printing it. I saw the picture on the screen and said it looked terrible and I wanted a new one. At that point, the new badge had printed and she told me she had to charge me $20 for a new badge. I challenge you to find a worse picture. I have been told I need to get it replaced. As of a short while ago, it began to show up as my Voalte picture and now I get comments about it all the time which I think are hilarious :). I am apparently a little stubborn, as I refuse to pay for another picture.

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