About the Unseen Doctor

Sophia K. Apple, MD
Emeritus Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Apple is the author of over 70 professional original medical research papers, and is on the editorial board for Modern Pathology, which has the highest impact factor of all Pathology medical journals, and a primary editor and author of Breast Imaging, a seminal medical textbook correlating Pathology and Radiology findings in the diagnosis of breast cancer. She has taught hundreds of medical students, over 100 Residents and Fellows in Pathology, and numerous other physicians-in-training from Radiology, Surgery, and other disciplines. Dr. Apple is an internationally recognized expert in Breast Cancer, having spoken at numerous conferences and venues.

Personal history
Dr. Apple and her husband currently live in Southern California and have been married for 33 years. She contracted the polio virus as an infant in South Korea. Her family moved to Japan after her fourth grade, where she lived for almost four years but was unable to attend school because of the stigma from her disability. The family later moved to New York City for better education, becoming one of the first Asian families to live in Queens. She came to America with no knowledge of English, and later graduated from NYU with a BS and MS in Biochemistry, completed medical school in Ohio, and six years of residency and fellowship training at UCLA. She came to know Jesus as her personal savior at the age of 17 when she was hit by a car while crossing the street, and God changed her life perspective of who she was and the purpose of her life ever since. Her perspective of life and as an author is unique, as an Asian American immigrant and female physician with a physical disability. She continues to practice medicine as a pathology physician. 

Podcast guest: People of Pathology, hosted by Dennis Strenk
Dr. Apple is the guest on a recent episode. Spotify, Google, and Apple Podcasts

What Dennis discusses with Dr Apple: How she became interested in writing. Her first two novels, and why she decided to write a nonfiction book. Her path to medical school and pathology, and why she chose breast pathology.

What “the Unseen Doctors” means to her. Why communication between pathologists and other doctors is so important. Why she wanted to help educate patients with this book. How she got into teaching, and why it is rewarding for her