I did not come from a family of doctors. My mom was an office manager, and my father was an attorney. As early as elementary school, I developed a love for math and science. I somehow knew very early on that medicine was the career for me. I wanted to help people.
“I chose a career in otolaryngology early in medical school and chose to focus on head and neck cancer surgery because I felt that who we are as people — our voices, our looks, our sight, our hearing — was threatened by cancer, and I aspired to preserve form and function by minimally invasive surgical approaches, cutting-edge reconstruction and novel therapies (chemotherapy, targeted therapy and radiation) that avoided the surgery that could cause significant dysfunction.
Bachelor's Degree, Psychobiology at University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor's Degree, Medical Technology at California State University, Los Angeles
Doctor of Medicine (MD), Medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA