Hometown: Miaoli, Taiwan
Medical School: National Yang-Ming University
Career/Research Interests: Combined Med-Peds Rheumatology or Nephrology
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, Reading (or buying books I don't read 😊), Cooking, Drinking/making espresso, Hiking, Going to movies.
Travel is a big thing to me. I enjoy traveling with friends and family, and am always excited about exploring new places, cultures, and foods. I love road trips and I hope I can set foot on all National Parks in the United States someday (including that on the American Samoa!) I also enjoy cooking for my loved ones. To me, cooking is a way for me to release pressure and I love experimenting on new recipes. I just recently start to learn to make espresso and I am excited for my new investments on espresso machines and coffee grinder.
Bio: I was born and raised in a rural mountainous town in Miaoli, Taiwan. My father is a local pediatrician in town. As one of the only few health care providers in town, he not only saw patients from the very young but also treated many people in the community to their adulthood. For countless afternoons in my childhood, I would wait in my father's clinic after school for him to take me home after work. I enjoyed watching the interactions between him and his patients, and I love to listen to all the stories and anecdotes his patients have to tell about my father. All these fond childhood memories pique my initial interest in medicine.
I finished my medical education in National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan. During my time in medical school, I was lucky enough to be sponsored by my school to do away rotations at Massachusetts General Hospital, where I met my mentor and first set foot in serious research. After graduating from medical school, I was thrilled to be invited back to work there as a postdoctoral researcher and engage in basic research. It was both a stressful and exhilarating time for me, being able to work with all the great minds in the frontier of research, while trying to acclimate myself to the new culture, language, and the hustle and bustle of life in Boston. I started to go to church, where I met Shantina in the bible study fellowship group. She became my partner for life and joined me for our new adventure together in Missouri.
I chose Med-Peds because it encompasses the many qualities I aspired to as a physician: healing and caring for patients across all ages (just like my father), the multitude and spectrum of diseases it encompassing, intensive training in both inpatient and outpatient care, professional freedom, and the beauty of long-lasting doctor-patient relationships. Mizzou Med-Peds stands out to me in many ways and one of the reasons is because of Dr. Emerson and Dr. Butcher. They are the ideal parental figures to our warm Med-Peds families, whom you feel comfortable to seek for guidance and help, as well as to share all the ups and downs of both professional and personal lives.
It was both our first time to Mid-West when my wife and I first got to Columbia, which obviously made us a little bit nervous. However, we were instantly struck by the hospitality, kindness, and the warmth of people here. We were delighted to find Columbia is such a great place to live, and it has so much to offer! It’s a lively college town with lots of great food and fun stuff to do. Trail systems here are amazing. The size of the city itself is decent as we don’t experience the traffic and high cost of living of typical big cities while we can still enjoy all the convenience and amenities of city life. The location being in the heart of Missouri means we can easily visit and explore either Kansas City or St Louis. This also ensures we have a huge catchment area with enough clinical exposures. Most importantly, Mizzou Med-Peds is a close-knit family that makes me feel at home. I am excited for the trainings I’m going to receive here and the time I am going to spend with all these lovely people!