Why I chose to pursue a career in medicine:
My father had a heart attack at age 39. I was 8 years old then. I was interested in biology and wanted to be a veterinarian, but after his heart attack I began to get interested in human medicine, and especially cardiology. I majored in biology while in college, and to fully understand the heart at a molecular level, I then pursued a PhD dissertation studying the underlying pathophysiology of heart failure and electrical signaling in the heart while in graduate school in Dallas. I followed that with my medical degree, and went on to complete internal medicine training in New York City. Finally, I completed a fellowship in cardiology in Vermont. Unfortunately, my father passed away just before I started my cardiology training and never got the chance to see me become a cardiologist and fulfill my lifelong ambition in his honor. But each time I see a patient, I remember him and I hope I can bring that compassion and empathy to their care, for I know what he went through.
What I want my patients to know about me:
I am very passionate about our conscious efforts to take care of our bodies, both physically and mentally. When it comes to the heart, prevention is the single best "medicine" that can help us fulfill a long and happy life. That includes smart decisions about the food we eat, the amount of exercise we get, and the deleterious habits we try to stay clear of. I want my patients to know that I will work hard with them to accomplish these goals, because I believe in the old adage: prevention is better than cure!
What I do when I'm not seeing patients:
I like to spend time with my family, and mostly relax at home! I like sports, including tennis, swimming and Formula 1 racing. I also like to travel the world, and have volunteered in some developing countries, including Rwanda with Team Heart, where heart disease takes on a different "appearance" than what we see frequently in the U.S. This has added immensely to my overall education and appreciation of how this wonderful organ functions and behaves!
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