As a neuro-oncologist, I specialize in treating brain tumors. When I treat a person with a brain tumor, I want to help them and their family make the most of their lives.
Brain tumors represent a convergence of some of the most important questions in science and some of the most challenging situations in life. New research on the molecular mechanisms underlying the development of tumors is opening up opportunities to target those tumors in ways that haven't been explored yet. At the same time, families impacted by brain tumors find themselves in a situation that can be overwhelmingly unfamiliar and difficult. This exciting research and a desire to help these families is why I chose to be a neuro-oncologist.
In my research, we are trying to use new tools to understand the molecular machinery that makes tumors work so we can target those mechanisms specifically with as little risk as possible to the patient.
My own children remind me that life is too important not to have fun and spend time with the people you love. We don't have any trouble filling our "spare" time!
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics