One of Towson University’s own is now chief of Saint Agnes Hospital’s Department of Emergency Medicine.
Towson alumnus Pascal G. Crosley, M.D. ’93, rejoins his childhood community armed with a wealth of experience and enthusiasm. He sits down to talk about how his experience at Towson helps him lead one of Baltimore’s busiest emergency departments.
You have a B.S. in biology and biomedical sciences from Towson University. Had you always planned to transition that education into a career in medicine?
Yes, I always planned to be a doctor. It is a legacy. My father is a physician. He is a nephrologist by trade and an internist. I also have several uncles who are physicians.
You were most recently practicing in Georgia. What brings you back to Maryland?
I worked as a vice president in practice development for a national group of emergency physicians called California Emergency Physicians America (CEPA) and had been a medical director in Georgia for seven years. We came upon this opportunity at St. Agnes Hospital, and since it’s close to my hometown, I was interested. My mother had been to Saint Agnes before, so I was somewhat aware of their work. As discussions progressed, it became clear that the hospital and I had a mutual interest in my chairing this department, and I had a strong desire to come back home.
How would you describe the experience at St. Agnes so far?
There is some very strong work being done here. I enjoy the patient population and the mix of patients, as well as the people that work here. It is hard work, of course, but I have a strong team of people taking great care of patients. I am able to interact with all different types of people and be able to bring medical care to people in need. I think that is probably what I like the most. It’s the most rewarding. I am loving my work as we build the department into a first-class emergency department.
Describe a defining moment in your career.
One thing that sticks out in my mind is when I finished residency. You are kind of out of the cocoon of the tutelage of your mentors and you are practicing alone. I was able to use my skills to save a patient’s life. It was a very, very sick patient who needed me to procure all the skills that I had learned since high school and at Towson, medical school, residency and all those trials and tribulations. It came to a point where I had to apply all those skills, and we were able to save that patient. I realized that all the training was for that particular moment. That is when I really felt like the work was well worth the wait.
If you could have lunch with any living person, who would it be and why?
I would say my mom. She keeps me humble, reminds me of my background and gives me unconditional support.