What is your favorite memory from medical school or residency?Residency wouldn’t be residency if it didn’t have some challenging moments, but at NYU I was privileged to work with some amazing classmates and co-residents through some of the most extreme situations (Hurricane Sandy, Ebola, and COVID-19). When the COVID-19 pandemic hit NYC, we relied on each other to help us get through the grueling calls, while sweating through layers of PPE. The people you work with are such a large part of your experience. Between NYU and BCM/THI, I’ve been very lucky to have such excellent attending’s, co-residents and co-fellows.
Why did you choose cardiovascular anesthesia?
I love the pace of cardiac surgery and the challenges of the diseases we see. Cardiac surgical patients are often the most vulnerable patients we encounter. The short, but potent interactions we have with them, employing our unique skillset, can have a huge impact on their perioperative course.
What drew you to Baylor?
I was drawn to the high cardiac case numbers, broad range of surgeries, from robotic valve surgery to increasingly rare open aortic surgeries, and the legacy of being a renowned cardiac surgery center.
What’s your favorite thing and/or spot in Houston?
Definitely Tex Mex, specifically the steak fajitas at El Tiempo.
What is one new thing you started in fellowship that you hadn’t done before?Driving! Coming from training in NYC, I hadn’t driven a car in about a decade when I started fellowship. I was a little nervous to start driving on the Houston freeways every day, but now my morning commute is my moment of “zen” to listen to a podcast or some music before my day starts.