For more than three decades, Mari-Kim Bunnell, MD, has been a member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, providing compassionate care to countless patients. This year, her daughter, Megan Bunnell, MD, is graduating from the Integrated Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital — the very same program from which Mari-Kim graduated 35 years ago.
Mari-Kim describes the pride she feels for her daughter, saying, “It has been an absolute honor to train Megan and work with her as she begins her new journey as a BWH alumna.”
Megan was not always set on following her mom, but her path took her there.
“I grew up surrounded by medicine and doctors, and the meaningfulness of my parents’ work was always evident,” she said. “I knew I wanted to be involved in health care somehow, but it took me some time to find my own path.”
After a bachelor’s in anthropology, a master’s in genetic counseling and a roundabout journey to medicine, Megan is now a chief resident in the OB-GYN program, exactly where her mom started 35 years ago.
What makes this mother-daughter duo even more remarkable is their working relationship at the Brigham.
“It’s been fun to operate together, take care of the same patients and troubleshoot the same problems,” Megan said. “My mother is the best obstetrician I know, and I’m so lucky to have her as a mentor.”
But the mentorship goes beyond the professional. Megan, who recently became a mother herself, appreciates her mom’s guidance in navigating the challenges of balancing motherhood and a demanding career.
“Being a resident parent is hard, but having a mom who has worked full time her entire career has made my transition into motherhood more enjoyable,” she said. “I’ve gained a whole new level of appreciation for what she navigated in raising me and my brother.”