It really started back in school when science and mathematics were my
favorite subjects, and then when I started volunteering at hospitals,
it cemented my passion and conviction to become a physician-scientist.
Initially, my bench and translational research in redox cycling,
lipid peroxidation, and endothelial dysfunction translated over to
human clinical trials in patients with vascular disease. I started
working within vascular function and cholesterol metabolism and
oxidation—it's kind of a hybrid bridge between endocrinology and
cardiology known as lipidology. I was also running my own clinical
trials supported by National Institute of Health (NIH) funding. Not
only was I naturally drawn to studying preventive cardiology, but when
I discovered I had high cholesterol right before entering medical
school, I now had personal motivations as well.
My passion and interest in lipids and preventive cardiology led to
a significant amount of my clinical training time in the Vanderbilt
Cardiology and the Vanderbilt and Nashville Veterans Affairs Lipid Clinics.
And none of this would have been possible without the support and
guidance of my parents, both PhD computer science engineers and
researchers, who helped me stick to my path and achieve my dreams.