UCSF medical school graduation with my family
Medical School and Residency
Medical school at UCSF and residency at UW were wonderfully nurturing and stimulating places to train and develop into an attending physician. Throughout this time I sought out teaching opportunities, developing an expertise in medical education in parallel with my clinical skills.
I trained in primary care, but was drawn to inpatient medicine at the end of residency. I found my people in the hospital, collaborating with RN, SW, RD, PT, OT, SLP and MD colleagues to address the acute illnesses our patients were facing. I learned that I thrive on the team effort to provide patient centered care, and teaching the art of medicine to students and residents.
At Plymouth on First Hill with my colleague, Dani
Outreach through Harborview
Hospital Medicine, and more
Working at Harborview was a singular honor. The patient centered mission drives everyone who works there to do the best they can in a very broken US medical system. Whether the patient was flown in from Alaska for a Neurosurgical procedure, or re-admitted for complications of substance use disorder, we aspired to treat everyone with respect and the highest quality medical care.
During my last three years at Harborview, I had the further honor to provide medical outreach to people who had previously been homeless and were now living in studio apartments. In collaboration with an onsite nurse and case managers, we strove to address the medical needs of ~200 tenants carrying the trauma and stigma of homelessness as well as substance use and mental illness.
The next chapter
In August 2021, my family embarked on a grand adventure. We sold our home in Seattle and moved to Berlin, where I have joined the team at Amboss as a medical editor. In this role, I work with an incredibly talented team of physicians to update and expand the Amboss medical reference library. The articles we co-author teach doctors about the latest evidence-based diagnostic and treatment recommendations for common medical problems.
As of Fall 2021, I am also seeing patients in a private practice telehealth model. From my home base in Berlin, I am licensed to care for people located in Washington state. This flexible and innovative private practice is made possible by a very exciting umbrella organization called Physicians United, which was started by the amazing Dr. Rachel Roth.