I was born and raised in Tucker, Ga., outside of Atlanta. I first lived outside the state of Georgia in 1994, when I went north to attend Harvard, majoring in East Asian studies with a focus on Chinese and Vietnamese languages. I lived in China in the summer of 1996, studying the Chinese language at Beijing Normal University. Before medical school, I taught English for a year in Vinh Long, Vietnam, a small city in the Mekong Delta not far from Ho Chi Minh City. Emory University was my home for medical school, residency and fellowship training. In 2003, I met my soulmate. We married in 2004, had our son in 2006 and had our daughter in 2008. We count ourselves lucky to be in Atlanta - my grandmother ("Granny") lives in Smokerise, my parents in north Atlanta and my sister and her family in Roswell.
Acerca de mi práctica médica
After completing medical school at Emory, I initially chose radiology as a career path. I quickly realized, however, that my temperament was not suited for the radiology reading room. Rather, I find joy in the relationships I develop with my patients and satisfaction in their successful treatment. So I switched to internal medicine, went on to complete a geriatrics fellowship and started my first full-time job as a geriatrician at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. During my five years at the Atlanta VA, my duties evolved to include the palliative care clinic, palliative care inpatient consultation and the spinal cord injury clinic. Through on-the-job training, I became certified in hospice and palliative medicine. I cherished working with veterans, their families and with my coworkers at the VA. I left the VA in 2012, when my wife and I decided to spend a year with her parents in Korea. Upon our return to the U.S., I was very fortunate to find a place at Kaiser Permanente's Georgia Region. Here at Kaiser Permanente, I am able to continue the work I love in both geriatrics and palliative care.
Cómo vivo bien
I believe that in order to take the best care of my patients (and to be the best husband and father I can), I must first take care of myself. Our own good health is the foundation on which all other aspects of our lives depend. Over the years, I have come to realize the critical importance of exercise and healthy eating. Each morning I swim for 45 minutes or an hour. On the weekends, my family and I stay physically active through bike riding, climbing Stone Mountain or going together to the local gym. To keep my mind sharp, I do a lot of reading (I am a science-fiction buff), listen to audio books during my daily commute, read to my kids at night and perform science experiments with my kids. I also run a palliative care website, which helps me stay up-to-date on the latest medical literature.