Why did you choose Rochester?
After falling in love with the Finger Lakes Region, a spectacularly beautiful area that is home to lush forests, storybook waterfalls, and a unique outdoor culture, I am excited to move to its largest and gateway city to pursue my passion of infectious diseases. The University of Rochester is the academic tertiary referral center for the hospital where I worked for several years, so I knew its reputation for excellence and the highest level of care in our region. As a med-peds physician, I value the robust med-peds presence and culture here. I was immediately impressed by the faculty who are approachable, friendly, and supportive.
Why did you choose Infectious Diseases?
Like others before it, the pandemic has put sharply into focus how the field of infectious diseases unites human, animal, ecological, and global health. Our work requires that we come to know patients holistically - who they are, what they do for work and leisure, what they eat, their relationships to other people and creatures and to their internal and external environments. It is a lens through which we examine the triumphs and failures of our society and an avenue by which we advocate for the vulnerable and marginalized.
Entering infectious diseases fellowship is the fulfilment of an aspiration born more than two decades ago when I began reading about physician scientists who traveled the world to study and control emerging pathogens. While I am still passionate about global health and tropical medicine, working as a hospitalist over the last several years has brought into focus some of the biggest challenges we face in our own country and has further cemented my desire to become an infectious disease physician.
My research interests include the effect of sleep on outcomes of infections, immune dysfunction in cirrhosis, infections in people who inject drugs, infections in incarcerated populations, sexually transmitted infections, antibiotic stewardship specifically in asymptomatic bacteriuria, pediatric pneumonia, use of procalcitonin to guide antimicrobial therapy, fungal infections and biomarkers, optimal management of immunomodulators in patients with solid organ transplant with active infections, echinococcosis and its spread in North America, and outreach and optimization of infectious diseases management in community hospitals.
Given that my career has been non-linear thus far, I have a very open mind about what the future may bring. Ideally, I would like to find a way to integrate my interests in antimicrobial stewardship, global health, addiction medicine, and hospital medicine. I am also passionate about medical education and am interested in serving in leadership roles for residency training programs.