Why I chose to pursue a career in medicine:
Where I grew up there was lack of adequate access to physicians in my community. Having a beloved father living with diabetes, getting much needed access to health care been always a challenge. Moreover, there was war and instability, and people with medical skills seemed to me to be able to provide the most humanitarian service there was. I decided to get into medicine wholeheartedly. I never regret that decision.
What I want my patients to know about me:
I love to listen to and understand patients' perspectives. I strongly believe while offering the best medical treatment available to patients, any medical decision should acknowledge patient's values and priorities. I am passionate about taking care of patients living with diabetes. I would like to treat my patients the same way I would have loved to continue taking care of my father, had he still been present in my life. Finally, I do not like polypharmacy (concurrent use of multiple medications by a patient). I'd like to treat any condition with the least amount of medication possible.
What I do when I'm not seeing patients:
When not at work, I spend time with family and friends, and I participate in kids’ activities. I teach my children second language lessons on the weekends, learn and play piano and violin with them, and enjoy playing outdoor games with them. I love traveling, sightseeing, gardening, reading non-fiction and poetry books. I am a political news “junkie,” and I enjoy playing volleyball, soccer and table tennis.