What is your professional background?
I knew that I wanted to be a doctor, but I was afraid to take the MCAT. Therefore, after graduating from Oglethorpe University, I got a job with a large poultry processing company. I worked as an industrial chef for almost five years prior to starting medical school at Morehouse School of Medicine. I completed my internal medicine residency here at Emory, and I’m currently a first-year GI fellow here at Emory.
In what division do you work, and who is your mentor?
I am a fellow in the Division of Digestive Diseases, and my mentor is Dr. Jennifer Christie. As a resident, she helped me gain exposure to the field, find research projects, and navigate the path to fellowship. She continues to be a wonderful role model and a great resource for me.
Briefly describe your research. Why is it important?
I have done research in several sub-specialties of GI. I wrote a book chapter about GI disease in pregnancy, evaluated functional constipation, and looked at outcomes following hepatitis C screening of patients at Grady. While functional GI disorders (constipation, diarrhea, and/or abdominal pain without an organic cause) are not life threatening, they are common reasons that patients are seen in primary care and account for >50% of GI clinic visits. Understanding these conditions and treatment options can help minimize symptoms, decrease health care costs, and significantly improve our patients’ quality of life.
What do you like most about Emory?
The faculty are amazing. I am surrounded by excellence. The faculty here are leaders in their fields of study and do cutting edge work. They welcome learners and are enthusiastic teachers.
What is your favorite movie or TV show?
My favorite TV shows are This is Us, Black-ish, Snapped, and House Hunters.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I have 2 small children, 9 months and 3 years old, so there isn’t a lot of free time. I love spending time with my family and friends. I’ve also recently adopted a vegan diet, so I enjoy looking for new recipes and restaurants.