My clinical specialty is pediatric cardiology. Influenced by my wonderful pediatrician, I wanted to be a pediatrician since I was eight years old. I was also intrigued when I met a patient with single ventricle physiology just after my freshman year in college. I was amazed by how resilient children with congenital heart disease genuinely are.
As a researcher, I’m focused on health equity, diversity, inclusion and medical education. I genuinely believe in the quote "you can't be what you can't see," and I did not see many teachers in medicine that looked like me. Regardless, I loved it, and I chose to pursue a career in medicine and medical education. I've always enjoyed creating new ways to learn a topic, such as creating songs or associating with a show to help me remember. My goals are to improve health outcomes, promote a more diverse workforce and educate the next generation of residents and fellows about pediatric cardiology. I hope my students will either join the field of cardiology or be well equipped to identify children with cardiac disease.
Aside from medical education, I have always been active in promoting a more diverse workforce in the hope of reducing health disparities. With the number of resources afforded in the United States, there should not be such dramatic gaps in access to care and improved health outcomes.
I am honored to have been inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society while in my residency. I am certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics (2018).