After his first rotation in medical school, Dr. Narinder Sethi was, in his words, “hooked on radiology.”
“It felt a lot like detective work, figuring out what was going on with the patient clinically, matching it with the imaging, and determining a diagnosis. I also enjoyed working with all aspects of the body and interacting with multiple clinicians,” said Dr. Sethi, who is today a board-certified, fellowship-trained diagnostic radiologist with Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg (RAF).
A native of northern Virginia, Dr. Sethi was drawn early on to the sciences, attending the prestigious Thomas Jefferson High School for the Arts and Sciences in Alexandria. The son of an engineer, he is the second physician in the family. His older brother is an orthopedic surgeon in Bethesda, MD.
After finishing his undergraduate work at the University of Virginia, Dr. Sethi went on to receive his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He then completed his radiology residency and fellowship at VCU School of Medicine, focusing on MRI.
Dr. Sethi joined RAF in 2009 after a conversation with Aye Min, MD, then two years into working for the practice, convinced him to come to Fredericksburg for an interview.
“I met everybody and knew this was where I wanted to be,” Dr. Sethi said. “What I like best about working at RAF is the camaraderie. Everyone’s willing to take time to help their colleagues. Whatever your career path, it’s important to find a group you really gel with.”
Today, Dr. Sethi is helping guide RAF during a time of evolution in radiology by taking on key leadership roles in addition to his patient care responsibilities. He is a member of the practice’s board of directors, as well as the operations committee and other committees.
The profession of radiology is rapidly changing as medical imaging capabilities progress, Dr. Sethi noted. “Demand for imaging also has skyrocketed. With the Internet and social media, people are more aware of imaging options and they’re asking their doctors more questions. Doctors in turn are ordering more imaging tests when medically necessary.”
Dr. Sethi recently celebrated his 10-year wedding anniversary with his wife, Ami Sethi, MD, a neuroradiologist who works from home through teleradiology for a company she co-founded. The two met in medical school. They have three children: a nine-year-old daughter, Aanika; a seven-year-old son, Aaruv; and a second daughter, five-year-old Ekta.
Dr. Sethi enjoys all types of sports, including playing tennis, and watching Redskins football. He is also taking piano lessons. “I always wanted to play and have been at it for a year. But I have a long way to go to be as good as my oldest daughter,” he said.