Medicine is full of labels and categories which are used as tools to help care teams guide decision-making about illness. However, I recognize that “real-life” situations involve different people in unique circumstances, each facing unique challenges, fears and priorities that require modifications in their care plan.
On Radiation Oncology
The practice of Radiation Oncology marries close patient relationships, advanced technologies and the ability to make meaningful differences in people’s lives. Technologies and our understanding of disease are constantly advancing, so the field stays fresh and interesting.
I was convinced since 6th grade that I wanted to be a physicist. I received a degree in applied physics, studied plasma physics in a graduate research program, and later realized I preferred to use my knowledge to make a positive impact on others at a personal level rather than society at large. That, along with family/friend experiences with illness, steered me into medicine.
I enjoy hiking, kayaking and playing music. I’ve recently developed a gardening/landscaping interest in what used to be a mostly blank back yard, resulting in new aches and pains and the addition of “plant worries” to other stressors in my days. Somehow it’s still enjoyable.