I was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. I completed my undergraduate work at Ole Miss with a degree in business administration. I then headed off to law school at Columbia University, but after a year of studies there I decided that the law was not for me, and I headed back to Mississippi for medical school. I am currently in my final year of Internal Medicine residency, after which I will serve as a chief resident for a year. I live in a house with my dog Ollie and my new wife, Christine. I hope to go on to a Hematology-Oncology fellowship following next year.
Why did you decide to become a doctor?
I wanted a job that I could look back on one day and be proud of, and I’ve always been interested in science.
What do you like about the Charlottesville area?
The weather, the mountains, and the laid-back style of living.
What opportunities do you have at UVa that made you choose us?
I really just felt like I fit in with the residents at UVa, and that’s what drew me here.
Proudest achievement outside the professional realm?
The thing I think I’m proudest of is the group of friends I’ve been lucky enough to keep over the years. I’m still very close friends with a few people that I’ve known since preschool, and that’s a special relationship a lot of people aren’t lucky enough to have.
What are you usually doing on the weekend or during your time off?
Usually on my back porch with my dog and my wife, grilling out and listening to either music or an Ole Miss game.
How did you meet your spouse?
Christine and I met here at UVa my intern year. I pathetically asked her out on Facebook. She appropriately ignored that request, but my persistence eventually paid off.
Favorite vacation or recreational activity spot?
My favorite vacation is to head back to Mississippi for an Ole Miss football game so I can catch up friends and family, and hopefully get lucky enough to see Ole Miss win. I also really enjoy the golf course.
Most admired person, and why?
My mom and dad. They have been putting up with me for years, and I can only imagine how much love and dedication that takes.
Best advice anyone ever gave you?
What about you would surprise us?
I can moon walk.