Why did you choose to come work for West Virginia University?
I have always lived in West Virginia. It's my home. I came to WVU and WVU Medicine to work for a large state-of-the-art academic hospital in the state that I love.
What’s the best thing about doing what you do?
The people. I love the people. I enjoy every day getting to come to work to see the people that I am honored to work with as well as to see the patients that I get to treat. The team that I am a part of is a thrill for me. These people are the best.
How do you contribute to and enhance the student experience?
I love to teach. I'm not just saying that - it's been the greatest joy in my career, from lectures at our schools to one-on-one clinical experience. Translating my own experiences, what I've learned over the years and sharing that knowledge with others, that's the best part of my job. Watching students grasp urologic knowledge and turn it into practice is deeply satisfying, and it's different every time, for every student.
What are your aspirations while at WVU?
To grow this APP program to its fullest potential, represent all of our wonderful APPs in leadership and serve my patients' needs to the best of my abilities.
How would you describe the culture of your program?
Family-centered. Urology at the WVU School of Medicine and WVU Medicine at the J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital is a family-centered environment and we all work incredibly well with each other. We care for each other and build each other up and grow each of us professionally.
Tell us something unique about you that others may not know.
I am a classically trained violinist as well as a hobby beekeeper.