Building relationships with patients over time is really rewarding. And, from a research standpoint, it’s useful to share with patients what’s happening in the lab and what is on the horizon. I think it helps give people a connection to the scientific side — someone is working on this right now, and this is going to happen, even if we’re not there yet. It’s changing, and we’re a part of this change.
My parents are both scientists, so I came at cancer from that angle. I was doing research in the lab as an undergrad and realized I wanted to see patients, and then my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, it was early and treatable, but at the beginning of my dual MD/PhD program, a good friend was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer at age 29. I have been resolute since then to help find targeted therapies that are lower in toxicity and more specific, especially for aggressive forms, such as triple-negative breast cancer.
A driver for my research is for there to be a day where nobody has chemotherapy and we can instead give patients a targeted prescription focused on their tumor.
Area of Clinical Practice
I am a physician and clinical researcher who sees patients at the South Lake Union Clinic.
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, San Francisco
University of Arizona
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Hematology-Oncology
PhD, University of California, San Francisco
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