Kip Guja, a CP patient of Columbia Orthopedics provider and Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center Executive Director Dr. David Roye, has matched into Stanford's combined Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Residency Program, his top choice. The program is extremely selective and only offers one position per year.
As a child, Guja had five surgeries and his doctors presumed he would never learn to walk or attend a regular school. That changed when his parents took him to see Dr. Roye.
“He was very different from the other doctors my parents consulted,” said Guja.“He had this amazing positive attitude and was determined to help me walk and live a normal life – and he did. As a result, not only could I walk, but I could run, skateboard, and do anything kids my age were doing.”
Guja would go on to earn a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. He then attended Stony Brook University School of Medicine as a student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), a program that leads to both MD and PhD degrees, and prepares students for future careers that combine the practice of medicine with cutting-edge clinical research. It was Dr. Roye’s passion and empathy that helped him decide what he wanted to do for his career. In 2009, Dr. Roye received an Inspiration Award from Guja and the When U Dream A Dream Foundation for his role in inspiring Guja to pursue medicine, in the hope that he might one day have a similar positive impact on his own patients.
“Dr. Roye is an inspiring, positive person, a real humanitarian, and a close friend,” said Guja. “He showed me what kind of doctor I could be.”
Guja’s considerable accomplishment has been featured on NBC News 4, News 12 Long Island, and Newsday. In his interview with NBC, he further praised Dr. Roye for being a significant reason for his determination and positive outlook on life.
"He really encouraged me to see CP not as a limitation, but rather as a challenge that could be overcome," said Guja. "It's important to get the message out, to be positive and work hard. Whatever limitations you may have are not [set in stone]."