I’m just finishing up my first year as a Charlottesville transplant after relocating from Brooklyn, NY. I’m originally from the Washington, DC area and met my wife Jamila there during medical school, before moving to New York for training.
I’m currently the newest member of the Rheumatology Division at UVA, and my family and I are enjoying life in the Forest Lakes community of Albemarle County.
My teachers/mentors at Howard University inspired me to not only to learn as much as possible, but also to share that information with anyone willing to listen. The teaching aspect of medicine is wonderful in that it not only allows me share knowledge, but also to solidify my own understanding of a particular disease process.
What brought you to Charlottesville?
Family. Throughout my interview process I was inundated with stories of people who moved here because of the family oriented nature of the community and the several opportunities and activities that are available to parents with young children.
What excites you about your work?
The most exciting part of my day is meeting someone with a relatively rare disease such as those we see in Rheumatology, and being able to share some insight to their condition that can help with their symptoms and in turn their quality of life. There have been few days since I started practicing that this hasn’t been the case, and it makes going to work special.
Proudest/greatest achievement outside the professional realm?
My kids, hands down. I take credit even though my wife does most of the heavy lifting.
What are you usually doing on the weekend?
Progress Notes, for now. Planning on resurrecting my golf game this summer.
How did you meet your wife?
First day of medical school. After class, the chapel bells on campus rang noon, and I told her they sounded like wedding bells. She laughed.
Favorite vacation/activity spot?
Haven’t picked one out yet, but open to suggestions!
Most admired person, and why?
My wife; by far the strongest person I know. I’m very lucky to have her.
Best advice anyone ever gave you?
Treat every day like your first day of residency. Never stop being an intern. Treat patients, not diseases.
What about you would surprise us?
I majored in Art History in during my undergraduate years — still waiting to visit all of the artwork I studied!