Hometown: Syracuse, NY / Kampala, Uganda
Medical school: SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
Career interests/research: Hospitalist medicine, Global health, Academic medicine.
After residency: Hospitalist, Academic medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Swimming, traveling, a good laugh, cooking, dancing, exploring the outdoors.
Bio: I was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda. Random fact: Uganda is also known as the “pearl of Africa”, thanks to Winston Churchill. My mother was an anesthesiologist at the national referral hospital by day and ran a primary care clinic on the outskirts of Kampala after her cases in the OR. It is at this clinic that I spent a good amount of my time after school as a child. From my experiences, I learned to appreciate the power of public health interventions and the role of social determinants of health earlier on in life.
While in Uganda, I did a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics with a concentration in Biostatistics. For my senior thesis, I stratified cervical cancer patients at the Uganda Cancer Institute by key social economic factors and analyzed their survival outcomes. I moved to Syracuse, NY, and majored in Biology at the University of Binghamton prior to attending SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school.
Med/Peds is essentially what I grew up watching my mother practice, so it was a natural choice for me. Med/Peds has the unique attribute of great training in both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine which fits very well with my interests in Global health and Public health.
Why Mizzou? I connected with the residents when I came to visit. I really liked the program coordinator and directors too.
When I am not in the hospital, I am either spending time with my husband, FaceTiming my family in NY or Uganda, hosting a dinner party with friends (I love to cook!), at the gym, reading a book, exploring the beautiful outdoors or at a community service event organized by my church.