What brought you to your current professional field? What brought you to the University of Minnesota/Academic Health Center?
I have a special place in my heart for the work that goes on here. My wife was treated for advanced stage leukemia by some of the physicians that I now get to work with. She had a bone marrow transplant eight years ago and today she is cured. Having the opportunity to be a part of an organization with such an important mission, that is making a difference in so many lives, was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.
What's the biggest challenge and reward of working at the University of Minnesota/Academic Health Center?
The biggest challenge is negotiating the breadth and depth of the programs, issues, and needs of the Academic Health Center. This is a huge place with a lot of people doing amazing things. Trying to navigate the organization, and make sure we’re shining a proper light on the great work going on here is a huge challenge. At the same time, being a small part of and being exposed to the way we are fulfilling the mission of the AHC is a privilege and a great reward.
What is your favorite part of what you do?
Honestly, I come to work each day amazed by the quality of the people I get to work with, both within my team and around the AHC. I get exposed to ideas, concepts, and stories that challenge me every day. To be surrounded by smart, creative, committed people who are also here for the right reasons makes this a great place to work.
I’m happiest when:
I am with my family. In addition to my wife, I have two daughters. Julia is 11 and Molly is 9. Having quality time with them energizes me and helps me keep a constant perspective on what is really important.
The Top 3 highlights of my life:
- My wedding day
- The birth of my daughters
- My 10th wedding anniversary - We were invited to the wedding of my wife’s bone marrow donor in a small town in Germany. By coincidence their wedding date fell on our 10th anniversary. We celebrated a decade of marriage dancing at the wedding of the man who saved her life. (Side note: I have written a book about my wife’s cancer journey called, Here Comes the Sun: A Young Family’s Journey through Cancer. It is being released September 23. Learn more at www.BrianLucasAuthor.com)
People would be surprised to know:
My background is in broadcasting. In college I worked for a nationally syndicated radio show called American Focus where I conducted half hour interviews with people like Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Norman Mailer and Pete Rose. From there I interned at CNN in Washington, DC before becoming a reporter, first at Minnesota Public Radio and then doing television in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
About the Employee Spotlight
The Employee Spotlight is a feature of the Academic Health Center Resource Hub and published every Monday. This is driven by nominations from colleagues. By nominating a colleague, you are letting them know that their contribution to our community is valued. Getting to know more about one another is a great way to feel more connected!