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Frank Kalaba



Combined Internal Medicine/ Pediatrics, Third-Year Resident

Originally from:

I am originally from the beautiful country of Zambia.

School(s) attended:

I was fortunate to complete my medical school at The Russian National Research Medical University, in Moscow, Russia.

What brought you here to the U.S. and to Michigan?

I came to the U.S. 4 years ago to achieve my dream goal of getting into a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency. I was initially in the Windy City of Chicago, then moved to Sacramento, Calif., where I got married, and then finally to Hurley, here in Michigan!

Why did you choose your specialty?

I chose combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics for several reasons. My top 5 include:
1. Continuity of care: I get the awesome opportunity of witnessing and being part of my patients’ different milestones throughout their lives
2. I love the fact that I get to take care of children and adults with transitional diseases like sickle cell, cystic fibrosis and diabetes.
3. Massive knowledge base and extensive exposure.
4. I also love the fact that I can take the strengths of Pediatrics to Internal Medicine and vice versa.
5. But my favorite reason is, of course, the preventive aspect of Med/Peds. I get to improve the quality of health for both my pediatric and adult patients.

Family fun facts:

My beautiful wife, Ludmila, is my only immediate family here in the U.S. We live in Grand Blanc, which is about 15-20 mins from the hospital, depending on how fast you drive. My mother and the rest of my siblings (5 brothers and 6 sisters) are back in my home country.

When you’re not working, what do you do for fun?

I love spending time with my wife. We love to walk around in the park and drive around Michigan, visiting friends.

What do you love about Hurley and the Flint area?

  1. Hurley fights for the community – we’re known in the community and the country for that.
  2. It’s a relatively small- to medium-sized program – everyone knows everyone; it’s easy to fit in.
  3. Great opportunities for research
  4. Excellent exposure to pathology
  5. 100% board-pass rate

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by the various opportunities available to do good to fellow man.

What was your toughest challenge in achieving your goals - and how did you overcome it?

My toughest challenge was patience and consistency. I learned from my past mistakes to overcome this.

What do you miss most about home - and how do you keep in touch with family and friends there?

My goodness! I miss family reunions, where I would joke around with my brothers and sisters. I also miss Zambian food. I’m daily in touch with siblings through WhatsApp, and I frequently call my mother.

What’s your favorite book?

Honestly, I love the book of Proverbs in the Bible.

What’s your favorite quotation?

Abraham Lincoln once said: Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it and the tree is the real thing.

Top 5 favorite things about Flint & Michigan:

  1. Beautiful nature around, great place for outdoor activities.
  2. Excellent eating places.
  3. We experience all the 4 seasons in this Great Lakes State.
  4. The people are super nice.
  5. Relatively quiet area, great for relaxation!

Special talents & hobbies?

I love singing. I love practicing my Spanish, ASL (American Sign Language) and Russian. I enjoy playing soccer and going to the gym.

When you’re cooking, what’s your specialty?

Rice with beans and greens.