Kaiser Permanente physician
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I’m originally from Korea. My family immigrated to the United States and settled in the Los Angeles area when I was young. I learned at an early age the joy of helping people—from my parents and from my Boy Scout experiences here and in Korea. I entered college as an economics major, but after long soul-searching, I realized my passion was really in the field of medicine where helping people would be my daily job. After medical school in Chicago and a residency in emergency medicine in New York City, I served in the Army for seven years—half in Germany and half in Korea. During my time in the Army, I gained invaluable and exciting experience as an emergency medicine physician. After circling the globe, my wife and I settled back in Los Angeles. We have two lovely children and two great dogs that bring joy to us every day. My family life recharges me.
I hope you’re doing well, and that you never have to come to the Emergency Department for treatment of an injury or illness. But if you do need us, we’ll take good care of you. An Emergency Department is the front line of medicine. Our department may appear chaotic at times due to the unpredictability of how many members are there and what types of treatment are required. However, there are many hard-working people in place to help ensure the safety of our members as well as their timely diagnosis and treatment. We constantly strive to improve our current system.
My life now is a far cry from what it was in my younger days—when I learned to fly an airplane, skydive, and spent months at t time backpacking through the wilderness. Now that I have two children and have turned 50, I spend more time with my family. Five years ago, I discovered the joy of running. So far, I’ve run more than 20 marathons—including ones in Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. I continue to enjoy hiking and backpacking. I try to backpack through a part of the John Muir Trail each summer.