Where is your hometown?
Greensboro, North Carolina
Education and Training
College/University: Duke University
Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Residency: Duke University
Honors and Awards
- 2020/2021 Duke Regional Hospital/Ambulatory Medicine Chief Resident
- 2017 Distinction in Research, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
- 2017 Distinction in Medical Eudcation, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
- 2015 Alpha Omega Alpha, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
- 2014 Presidential Service Volunteer Award, Bronze
- 2014 Ruth Liu Memorial Scholar, Chinese American Medical Society
Tell us briefly about your background before embarking on your medical training:
I was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, but have spent majority of my life in Greensboro, NC and think of Durham as my second home — I went to NCSSM for high school and Duke for college, where I majored in public policy and lived in a tent for months for Duke basketball tickets. I attended Mount Sinai for medical school, where I was heavily involved in the student run free primary care clinic, various mentorship programs, and conducted research with the Visiting Doctors program and on FMTs in IBD. I love to stay active, exploring food trucks, traveling and sampling street foods from around the world, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Please outline your career plans in gastroenterology:
As a first year fellow, I’m keeping an open mind and have thus far loved all of my rotations! A few of my specific interests within gastroenterology include: tackling the growing burden of metabolic associated fatty liver disease and preventing its subsequent progression to cirrhosis, cancer, and death; clinical applications of fecal transplants and the gut microbiome; and medical education / mentorship.
What were you looking for in a fellowship program?
As someone who is interested in a lot of things professionally, I was looking for a place where I would not only receive an incredible training in general gastroenterology, but also have ample opportunities to explore various subspecialties and avenues within the field (e.g., medical education, research, high procedure volume, high volume of liver transplants). I also wanted to be at a program with great mentorship, a true sense of community (both within and outside the hospital), and where people valued being happy and having fun!
From your experience in fellowship, what have you learned about training at Duke?
It’s amazing! Everyone in the GI department – attendings, co-fellows, nurses, techs, etc – are all committed to going above and beyond to do what is best for patients. The opportunities here are endless. And it truly feels like a #Dukefam.
What is your favorite restaurant in Durham?
Rose’s or MKokko for ramen noodles. Sister Liu’s for dumplings. Convivio for Italian. Pizzeria Toro for pizza. Viceroy for Indian. Heavenly buffalo for wings and sweet potato fries. Dain’s for tots. Nuvo Taco for queso. Monuts for brunch. Dashi’s izakaya for an old fashioned. Ponysaurus for beer.
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