University of California, Davis
My grandfather, who was a radiologist, inspired me to become a physician. I was always fascinated by him so choosing this career was easy, especially when most of my other family members were lawyers. I knew that’s not the career I wanted to pursue. I’ve worked in private practice for a long time, but working with a more diverse group of patients and peers excites me much more. I love walking into our lobbies and hearing all the different languages everyone speaks and the cultures they represent.
I believe I’m a huge advocate for my patients and I don’t like to be imposing. My goal is to give my patients options, tell them what I know and then support them in what they think is the best decision. I also put myself in their shoes and try to understand where they are in any given situation by connecting with their story as a person, not just as their medical provider. Not long ago I had a major medical issue myself, which put me in the intensive care unit. I know now, more than ever, how bad it is to be sick – and I never want my patients to have to go through that.
When I’m not at work I love spending time with my family, which is also very diverse. My wife is Pilipino and together we have five kids who are each half African American. I think because of that I am very comfortable working with people from all backgrounds.