At the start of medical school, I did not have preset notions about the field of medicine in which I wanted to work. I did not have specific desires to be called a “surgeon,” or an “obstetrician,” or a “pediatrician.” I did know, however, I wanted to become a physician who had the aptitude and competence to attack the pathology I had previously learned and to offer first-rate care to my patients. I also wanted a career where I could connect with people in a way that few are permitted.
Ultimately, I recognized surgery to be one of the most dynamic branches of medicine and have since devoted my professional energy toward it. I have been blessed to have a career where I have been able to educate not only my family and friends but also my colleagues and those coming behind me. I have searched for answers and continue to perfect my craft. I have studied the pathology to mend it, and have helped patients return to states of normalcy. Throughout this journey, I have been committed to become a physician dedicated to life-long learning and scholarship and a compassionate healer focused on the patient.
I have enjoyed opportunities to teach and speak to people about their health. These opportunities have ranged from impromptu 1-on-1 quick discussions in the hallways of various retail stores to larger more formal audiences at community health summits. I recently began writing on many of these topics, submitting them to national health blog sites, along with interviews and exposure in national media outlets. With the launch of this website, the discussion continues as the audience continues to grow.
Each month, I will publish a different blog along with updates of media outlets where the conversation extends. I expect this site to also address health information and messages I think are important for our community, one that reaches beyond age, race, gender, social class, or educational background. If I have learned one thing from the countless conversations I have had and questions I have been asked since I started this journey into medicine over 20 years ago, is that when it comes to health, we are all the same, with the same questions and fears about our health and the health of those we love.