The wonder of my life has evolved through exposure to new ideas, expert mentoring by wise educators and a personal willingness to allow remolding and broadening of my view of the world. My growth in medicine has transitioned from being a physical therapist to a physician anesthesiologist and educator because of my constant desire to learn, and an intense empathy to support patients during very vulnerable life experiences.

The brilliant minds of researchers, coupled with the didactic instruction of my professors, trained me to practice medicine with a firm academic acumen, delivered to a diverse cultural patient population with kindness and the continual application of the latest scientific principles and practices. As a result, most of my professional career has been dedicated to scientific inquiry and the education of generations of vibrant medical students and residents. This would not...

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