Former UVa Medical Student is "The Bachelor"

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

February 27, 2006

On Monday, one woman beat out 24 others in hopes of finding her Prince Charming. It played out on The Bachelor, whose star has his own ties to Charlottesville.

Travis is probably thought by some as one of the luckiest men around. He had the opportunity to date, or what some people would say, get to know 25 women, all battling for his attention.

As Travis made his final decision, (choosing Sarah S. - kindergarten teacher from Nashville, Tenn.) he sought out advice from family members.

Just a few years ago Travis found himself searching for advice, this time in Charlottesville. As a medical student at UVa, Travis sought out guidance from one of his advisers, Dr. William Brady.

“I met Travis probably 3 or 4 years ago when he was a student here at the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine,” said Dr. Brady. “I was one of his advisers and he initially came to me talking about doing emergency medicine as a career specialty.”

Doctor Brady’s advice paid off. Travis is currently completing his residency as an ER doctor in Nashville, but is the man you see on TV week to week the real Travis?

Dr. Brady says the Travis he learned to know is who he has seen on “The Bachelor.”

“I think the real Travis comes across on TV. [He's] a guy who's very caring and very interested in people, really taking it all in before rushing to make a decision,” said Dr. Brady.

When first meeting Travis, Dr. Brady explained how he may have rushed into making a false first impression of Travis. Commenting on how he thought Travis was a “surfer dude,” because he was tall, blonde and had a laid back appearance. With Travis still being tall and blonde, Dr. Brady says he could not have been more wrong.

The next time Dr. Brady sees Travis, he says he going to have to ask one question, “How did he get a month off in Paris? That's what I want to know!”

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