Why did you become a physician?
I became a doctor to help people. In high school I joined the Medical Explorers Post of the Boy Scouts of America. The more I volunteered the more driven I became to get good grades and become a physician. I believe that my volunteerism now contributes to my growth as a physician and a person. With so many ways to contribute I don’t feel burnt out but invigorated and challenged. I want to make a difference to better the lives of Kentuckians.
Tell us about your educational and professional background.
I am a first generation college graduate. Born and raised in Baltimore Maryland, I was a high school summer exchange student to Japan with Youth for Understanding. I have two Bachelor of Science Degrees from Emory University in Biology and Psychology and a Master of Science Degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. In 1987 I was the recipient of the Geriatric Student Fellowship in the Department of Surgical Neurology, NINCDC, National Institutes of Health. I graduated Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1990. I completed on year of surgical internship as well as one year of Neurosurgery Residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston prior to changing my field of practice to Diagnostic Radiology. I completed a Neuroradiology Research Fellowship as well as four years of Radiology Residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. I then completed a Thoracoabdominal radiology fellowship at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
After completion of my training I have been employed as a general radiologist in private practice in addition to holding academic appointments in Diagnostic Radiology and Breast Imaging. I was a faculty member at Emory School of Medicine form 2004-2010 in the Department of Breast Imaging. During my time at Emory I served as the Director of Breast Imaging at Grady Memorial Hospital as well as the Director of the Breast Imaging Fellowship program at Emory. I was honored to have served as a Board Examiner for the American Board of Radiology in Breast Imaging.
I am presently employed as a Breast Imaging Radiologist at Baptist Healthcare in Lexington with phenomenal team of physicians, technologists and nurses. I am a KMA Community Connector, I serve on the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, as well the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure as Secretary and Panel B Chair. I am the physician representative for the State Advisory Council on Athletic Trainers.
What are your interests outside of Medicine?
Physical fitness is extremely important to me. I exercise, almost without exception, every day and work out with a strength training professional three times a week. I love animals and presently have 3 rescue dogs (two Great Danes), three rescue cats and two Tennessee Walking horses. I enjoy travel with family and friends both within the Unites States as well as internationally. I recently traveled to Japan with my children to reunite with my Host Family after 38 years!
Why did you join the Lexington Medical Society?
Dr David Bensema, who I respect tremendously and consider to be one of my mentors, encouraged me to join when I first moved to Kentucky. We all have a choice as physicians: we can wish things would change and place that responsibility in other people’s hands or we can try to make an impact by getting involved. In order to affect change in medicine it is extremely important to work with likeminded individuals in one’s local community as well as at the state and national levels.