How I Overcame My Learning Disabilities to Become a Physician | Dr. John Rhodes, MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital

Becoming a physician is hard enough, but MUSC cardiologist John proves that overcoming dyslexia, attention deficit and other processing deficits is not an insurmountable task. John scored zero on his MCAT reading, but is now a doctor.

Dr. Rhodes is a cardiologist who performs procedures for children and adults with congenital heart conditions present at birth. He graduated with honors from North Carolina State University, received his medical degree from Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, completed his Residency in Pediatrics at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) receiving an award for outstanding senior resident for teaching and leadership, and he did his Cardiology Fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

In 2003 he became the Clinical Chief of the Children’s Heart Center at Duke University Medical Center. He then worked at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida where he was the Chief of Pediatric Cardiology and Adult Congenital, as well as Director of the Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. In 2018, he joined the MuSC the Operations Director & an interventional specialist for children and adults with congenital heart disease. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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