What inspired you to run for the NPF?
My patients and colleagues. Seeing patients persevere through pain and the additional challenges associated with their pancreatic disease is an inspiring daily experience. My colleagues spend day and night working passionately on their behalf, which is also an inspiring sight. The NPF has exhibited exceptional commitment to improving knowledge about pancreatic disease through research and improving patient care through education. Running in support of the NPF is an additional way that I can help to support their mission.
Running mantra or life mantra?
Keep working. And don’t forget to look around and enjoy each moment: life is only lived once.
Favorite place to run? Or your happy place?
Frick Park. An amazing city park in Pittsburgh that provides shade and long trails for training in otherwise hot and humid conditions!
What’s your dream job? First job?
Master Distiller at a scotch distillery, Lagavulin if I had to be specific.
If you could spend a day in someone else’s shoes, whose would they be? Why?
Barbara Kingsolver. I picture her days being full of physically demanding but substantive activities, and her quiet moments full of reflection and writing on these. I could learn a lot about storytelling from her skill with language.
What’s one thing about you that surprises people?
I have a sense of humor. No seriously, I do. I think most of my colleagues and mentors are so used to seeing me be serious that it’s something that is easily overlooked.
What’s your secret talent?
I’m very good at making pie. Rhubarb is my favorite. Peach with cardamom is second.
What’s your favorite thing to do for fun?
Read. Mainly I prefer fiction, both classics and new fiction. It expands my world, and allows me to imagine the lives that others live all around me. I’m convinced that it makes me a better physician, and allows me to relate more fully to my patients.
You can have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what is it?
Lemon curd. It’s delicious.
Have you ever completed anything on your “bucket list” OR Name one thing on your “bucket list”?
I got to become a doctor, which was an ambition that I didn’t start out with in life. It’s a privilege and an honor to take care of people, and something that I’m amazed at every day. On top of this, having the opportunity to do research in order to improve the care that we currently give is an amazing gift.
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