Why did you choose to become a doctor? Why the Cardiology field in particular?
At a very early age I became fascinated with science and physiology, particularly the human body and it’s functionality. In addition, I had a lot of support and advocacy from my parents. This was primarily from my father who always had the aspiration to become a physician, and despite excelling academically was never afforded the opportunity to pursue a medical degree. I guess you could say I was on the path to become a doctor before I actually knew the field much at all.
Upon entering college at UNC I was fairly determined to seek admission into the medical school. As it turns out, my mother suffered a significant heart attack the first semester of my sophomore year. During her nearly 4-month hospitalization I was exposed to many aspects of cardiovascular medicine. These experiences catapulted my interest in cardiology, which was further solidified during medical school at UNC.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I honestly think I have the best job in the world. Having the ability to positively impact someone’s life at such a crucial and vulnerable moment for them is such an amazing opportunity. As a cardiologist, and more specifically an interventionalist, I’m able to participate in some of the most advanced and state of the art treatments currently available in cardiovascular medicine.
This piece was published by The Sway on Feb. 25. Read more of this Q&A on itsthesway.com.