Before I became a rheumatologist, I worked as a primary care pediatrician. I completed a fellowship in allergy, immunology and rheumatology because I wanted to focus more on immunology. I have a special interest in caring for patients with complex medical needs, which I’ve done throughout my career.
My patients benefit from my diverse training and experience in:
- Adult rheumatology
- Internal medicine
- Pediatric rheumatology
I specialize in the care of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and vasculitis.
I enjoy problem-solving and I take pleasure in learning. I’m efficient, organized and logical — all skills that are valuable in the care of patients with complex medical conditions.
Vaccine administration for immunocompromised patients is an area of focus for me. I’m working with a Pfizer grant to ensure children with complex medical needs receive appropriate vaccinations. This project builds logically on my previous primary care experience, clinical work and commitment to improving vaccination protection for immunocompromised patients.
I am passionate about patient care and strive to be thorough in the care I provide. As the pediatric rheumatology fellowship program director for the Division of Rheumatology, I encourage that same passion and attention to detail in my students.
When I’m not seeing patients or working with fellows, I enjoy outdoor activities, especially tennis.
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics