Caring for many the drawcard for Dr Rossiter

New to the team: Dr Ashley Rossiter has joined the team at Imaging Associates Wagga and Wagga Base Hospital as a Interventional and Diagnostic Radiologist (use of imaging technology to facilitate minimally invasive therapies).

New to the team: Dr Ashley Rossiter has joined the team at Imaging Associates Wagga and Wagga Base Hospital as a Interventional and Diagnostic Radiologist (use of imaging technology to facilitate minimally invasive therapies).

After initially training in biotechnology Ashley Rossiter found his calling as an Interventional and Diagnostic Radiologist and has now now joined the team at Imaging Associates Wagga.

"I always loved science, especially biology at school," he said.

"Whilst studying at university I was unsure if I wanted to pursue a PhD.

"My professor at the time was a practicing clinical haematologist and advised medicine as a career choice given my personal qualities and love of learning."

Known as Ash to "everyone except mum," he is the first doctor in his family.

His original career trajectory in medicine was towards orthopaedic surgery and he pursued this goal as an orthopaedic registrar (trainee).

"I was gradually exposed to radiology as a junior doctor and became entranced by the speciality," Dr Rossiter said.

"The constant intellectual challenge, use of cutting-edge technology and the ability to assist a wide range of patients appealed to me and spurred the jump from surgery to radiology.

Patients should always feel they have the right to ask questions, and be encouraged to do so

Interventional and Diagnostic Radiologist Dr Ashley Rossiter

"Through-out radiology training my end goal was always interventional radiology as it retains clinical interaction with patients and procedural work in combination with use of diagnostic imaging.

"More recently I've developed a growing interest in interventional oncology (cancer therapies).

"Generally the most rewarding part of the job is caring for those nearing the end of their journey."

During his career Dr Rossiter has noticed that a patient's involvement in the decision making process is crucial to successful health outcomes.

"In my experience the patients who have the best outcomes are those that are actively engaged in their healthcare," he said.

"Patients should always feel they have the right to ask questions, and be encouraged to do so.

"Doctors are not infallible."

Outside of work Ash is keen camper and four-wheel-drive enthusiast and looks forward to exploring the Riverina and all it has to offer with his wife Lexi.

Dr Rossiter has joined the team at Imaging Associates Wagga and Wagga Base Hospital as an Interventional and Diagnostic Radiologist.

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