Adolpho Birch Jr.

Andrea Birch, MD, credits her family and other mentors for helping pave the way for her career in medicine.

Variety of influences helped shape Birch’s medical career

Andrea Birch was 9 years old and on top of the world. Her visiting cousin had challenged her to a tree-climbing contest, and, as a competitive kid always up for a challenge, she had outclimbed him. She was looking down at him from her lofty perch and, as she recalls, “goading him from the top.