What is your professional background?
I completed the majority of my education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). For my undergraduate studies, I majored in biology and minored in chemistry. I completed my medical education, internship, and internal medicine residency there as well. I am currently a gastroenterology fellow here at Emory.
In which division do you work, and who is your mentor?
I work in the Division of Digestive Diseases, and my mentor is Dr. Field Willingham, who is an advanced endoscopist.
Briefly describe your research. Why is it important?
I have been involved with several research projects over the years. At the moment, I am working with Dr. Willingham to describe a therapeutic endoscopy approach for the management of pancreatic duct disruption that results from blunt force trauma to the abdomen in the pediatric population. It is important as there is no definite consensus about the right approach within this patient population. We have a therapeutic intervention that seems to work very well in the management of these patients, which has not been adequately reported.
What do you like most about Emory?
The faculty that I get to work with every day have been the most impressive part about Emory to me. They are leaders in their respective fields, yet they are very humble, approachable, and provide the right guidance when it’s needed.
What is your favorite movie or TV show?
It is hard to pick, but I would have to say my favorite movie is “Fight Club.”
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to eat, so, whenever I can, I try to explore new restaurants in the area. I also enjoy listening to audio books.