How did you discover your passion for what you do?

I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a doctor. I loved the science, the medicine, the humanitarianism, the empathy and the religious part of it all. I just knew it was what I was meant to do. I love working with my hands and “fixing” things, and I knew that I wanted to touch people’s lives by making them better by addressing a problem that maybe no one else could.

 

What opportunities have helped shape your career?

I have been blessed every step of the way. During medical school, I went on a mission trip to Central America each year, which really put things in perspective and gave me a much greater appreciation of my life, while also giving me a sense of pride in serving those in greater need. I was blessed to do my residency training in a very high volume hospital in Chicago, IL, which helped me become a much better surgeon and physician and take on the stressors/rigors of my career and managing acute high-risk patients.

 

How do you make sure you stay connected with your professional network?

I am pretty outgoing and a social person; I love to make professional connections and continue to learn different perspectives, patient treatment and management plans, etc. from colleagues. I also do my best to attend our national ACOG Annual Clinical Conference and stay up-to-date on the latest guidelines and practices in my field.