Staff Spotlight – Mariko Sato, MD, PhD

Dr. Mariko Sato is Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology.

Pediatric Hematology Oncology, since 2014. I am a neuro-oncologist, specialized in brain and spine tumors, neuroblastoma and retinoblastoma. I serve as a site PI for Children Oncology Group clinical trials, conducting over 40 clinical trials at any given time.

I have my family in Utah, going back to Salt Lake City, Utah every month. My 12 yo son spends every summer in Iowa. Most recently I just came back from Utah yesterday, spending time with my family visiting a Haunted house. We have total of 4 cats in both houses.

In my free time I playing tennis, and sew – currently cross stitches and crocheting, playing music- piano, cello and ukulele. I like to cook and bake sometimes. I wish I could have talent to have a creating job, such as an artist, painter, or musician. It is so admiring to move people’s emotion or sometimes move their lives.

Most fascinating place ever visited/lived? Antelope Canyon, AZ.

Favorite meal or restaurant? Tofu Chige Soup at Korean restaurant.

Favorite book or movie? Book: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom Movie: Hunt for Red October.

If I had 3 wishes, they would be: Win lottery 🙂 Win lottery 🙂 Win lottery:).

Fun fact: I do host my house at Airbnb. It is fun making friends from all over the world. I love being here, even though lonely, but supported by great friends, coworkers and community. Thanks for being great place for me.

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