I am currently a third-year fellow in the combined ABIM GI/Transplant Hepatology Pilot Program at the University of Chicago. I previously completed medical school, Internal Medicine residency, and a chief residency year at the University of Chicago as well. I will be starting as an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago starting in late summer of this year.
I first became an AASLD trainee member in 2013, when I participated in the Emerging Liver Scholars Program. Through this remarkable experience, my burgeoning interest in hepatology evolved into a definitive career choice. I subsequently served as a Resident Ambassador in 2014 and a Fellow Ambassador in 2016. I also have participated in the Early Career Investigators Task Force and the Resident/Fellow Ambassador Subcommittee.
During my chief residency year, I simultaneously completed a medical education fellowship. These experiences inspired me to worked alongside our hepatologists to create a curriculum for residents in order to expose them to the breadth of the field and educate them on the management of chronic liver disease. Through this published curriculum, we were both able to demonstrate improvements in knowledge and comfort with liver disease and to generate new interest amongst residents in hepatology as a career. Hepatology-focused interventions within graduate medical education continue to be an active area of research for me. Additionally, I have devoted a significant portion of my fellowship to researching the clinical burden of symptoms in polycystic liver disease.
Academic hepatology has allowed me to seamlessly merge my interests in medical education, clinical research, and complex, longstanding patient care. I am incredibly grateful for the generous opportunities and mentorship provided by the AASLD, as they were instrumental in leading me to hepatology as a career.