Why did you become a physician?
Ever since I can remember I’ve known that I would be a physician. Both of my parents are in the medical field. My dad is radiologist and my mom was a pediatric oncology nurse, so joining the profession that they love came naturally. As a kid, I remember walking the sterile hospital halls until finally reaching my dad’s reading room. Huge computer screens lit up the dark room with strange black and white pictures that entranced me.
In high school, I read The Emperor of All Maladies. It laid out the history of cancer, showing the early discoveries of cancer pathology, ingenious experiments which refined surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment, and the new targeted therapies that are coming out now. Most importantly, it showed the effect that cancer (and ultimately all disease) has on a personal level. The book cemented the important role physicians play in helping patients navigate these diseases and I knew medicine was for me.
Tell us about your educational and professional background.
I attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2018. I returned to my home state for medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and graduated this year. I am beginning my intern year in Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky.
What are your interests outside of medicine?
Outside of medicine, I spend time with my girlfriend Ellora, a third year medical student at UK. I enjoy reading history books, watching old movies, and listening to podcasts while walking around the Arboretum and nearby trails.
Why did you join the Lexington Medical Society?
When I entered medical school, I immediately joined the LMS. I wanted to get involved in political advocacy and learn more about public health issues affecting our patients. I knew our UK chapter of the AMA/KMA/LMS medical student section would be the best place to learn and advocate. Since joining the LMS I’ve been able to meet great doctors, residents, and medical students and they’ve given me the opportunity to get more involved in organized medicine and advocate on behalf of our patients and community.