Residency: The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
What is your fondest memory of your time at UTMSH?
The community of students, residents, and faculty. It was a time of learning, hope, and humility.
What are your hopes for today’s UTMSH students?
Develop good habits. Habits of lifelong learning, mutual respect, and love of our profession will take you far into the future. Also to learn about finances, budgets, and not getting into too much debt so you can maximize your freedom and independence.
What inspires you?
There are many things. The sense of community and giving back to the institutions that gave me the opportunity to pursue a passion. More directly, a daily devotional centers me and gives me direction.
Who is your mentor?
From medical school days I can name two physicians: C. Frank Webber and Sam Nixon. Both have passed. They helped me to understand the role we all have in maintaining and promoting our profession and the high standards that go with it.
What’s a day on the job like?
Sometimes it is predictable and sometimes it is not. I have many roles this year at work, with the Texas Medical Association and the American Medical Association. I prepare everyday for unscheduled events by keeping up with the news. It can lead to stimulating “water cooler” conversations!
What skill is most vital to your job?
Definitely listening. As Stephen Covey said, “ Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” We all have stressful and stressed filled lives. Hearing others out will make you a better physician.
What’s on your iPod?
Lots. I think I have about 60 GB of digital music. Unfortunately, I don’t take the time to play music as much as I could. Right now, the Eagles are on.
What is the one thing you can’t live without and why?
Family. Nothing is more satisfying than being with family, supporting them when needed, and of course, having their love.
What fulfills you most?
Building and improving organizations. I’ve had many rewarding experiences in this area, both as part of the organization and in evaluating organizations. There are so many talented people with great ideas. Very energizing!
Who would you most like to meet (alive or deceased) and why?
Is this a medical school admission interview!!!