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Another Belizean on the international spotlight

Saturday, May 16, 2015. BMG:  Whenever Belizeans share the spotlight at an international level, it is of good news for the country. An article published by “In Scope”, a weekly newspaper for faculty and students at the University of Indiana has shed the light on Francis Marshalleck, a born Belizean. The article reads…

“From humble beginnings in Central America, Francis Marshalleck, M.D., has risen to become the director of pediatric interventional radiology at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Marshalleck is also the only fellowship-trained pediatric interventional radiologist in Indiana.

A native of Belize, Dr. Marshalleck, assistant professor of clinical radiology at the IU School of Medicine, attributes his work ethic to his mother, a seamstress.MarshalleckFrancis_B

“You do it until the job is done — give your best effort with what you have,” said Dr. Marshalleck, whose early struggles were rewarded with scholarships. “I see myself as blessed.”

A graduate of the Regis University in Denver and the University of the West Indies, Dr. Marshalleck returned to Belize for two years after medical school in Jamaica to work as an emergency room physician, a requirement of his scholarship. He wasn’t able to return to practice in the United States, however, until the radiology fellowship director at the University of Texas at Houston — whose father spent time as a missionary in Belize — recognized his talent and enthusiasm amidst harsh circumstances, selecting him to join the program.

After a transitional year in pediatrics at University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital, Dr. Marshalleck completed the residency in Houston, followed by interventional radiologist fellowships in adult and pediatric subspecialties in Indiana and Toronto, respectively. Two years ago, he attained U.S. citizenship.

Professionally, Dr. Marshalleck has seen the number of pediatric interventional radiology, or “IR,” procedures increase from several per week to 40 cases per week at Riley over the past 10 years. One of the country’s few specialists in this area, he said previous lack of interest in pediatric IR was likely due to “lack of comfort working on very small patients, and using small devices.”

“I had to overcome obstacles from hospitals and doctors; they didn’t realize what were my skill sets,” said Dr. Marshalleck, whose career at the hospital began “literally in a closet.” “I had to start from scratch, but it really exploded.”

Today, he directs a full-fledged pediatric interventional radiology department at Riley, including a physician’s assistant, four technologists, several nurses, a scheduler, a patient service assistant and an anesthesia team. Soon, the department is expanding to two suites in the new Simon Family Tower at Riley.

When not working, Dr. Marshalleck — the father of three children, ages 8, 12 and 15, coaches his son’s basketball team, as well as soccer — values family above all else.


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