Dr Aveen Banich was born in Chicago. Her father was a family doctor and some of her earliest memories are accompanying him on house calls to see patients on weekends. These early encounters sparked a desire in her to pursue medicine from the ripe age of 8.
Dr Banich studied English Literature and Biology at the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana and received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science. She graduated magna cum laude.
She went on to earn her medical degree with honors from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. She received the Gunnar Memorial Scholarship for student leadership during her years at Loyola and was also inducted into the Medical Honor society, Alph Omega Alpha. It was also at Loyola that Dr. Aveen Banich met her husband and fellow physician, Jim.
Dr. Banich took her internship year in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago and then pursued her residency in Ophthalmology at Loyola University Hospital.
Upon graduation, Dr Banich was offered an academic position as assistant professor at Loyola in the department of Ophthalmology. In addition to her clinical duties, Dr Banich taught resident physicians and medical students.
After three years at Loyola, Dr. Banich and her family moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin to work for the Mayo Clinic Health System as a staff Ophthalmologist, Dr Banich also helped to start an eye service line in Chippewa Valley Free Clinic in Eau Claire and cared for underserved patients there.
Currently, Dr. Banich also volunteers to teach third year Medical students at the University of Colorado Medical School. This program is entitled “the Hidden Curriculum” and it focuses on balance, healing and the process of medical students growing into becoming compassionate physicians.
Dr Banich has four children. Life is full and she is grateful for it. Her other interest include meditation, music, yoga and hiking.