"I came from a family of educators and was initially an education major in college. Through some friends, I joined a community service fraternity and discovered how much I enjoyed helping people. During that same time period, both of my grandparents were diagnosed with cancer and our whole family was very active in their care. My grandfather's oncologist became a close and influential role model for me during those early years. It was this combination of personal experiences, and the utility of applying science and technology to help people, which transformed my career aspirations."
"From the time I was in junior high school, all I could think of was growing up and becoming a doctor. My best friend's dad was a family practitioner and I remember that even at a young age I loved to talk to him. He made me feel like I could be the best doctor ever. I have always remembered him and his genuine personality and optimism."
"For me, medicine was the only option. Initially I wasn't sure what specialty area I was going to work in. I started medical school and learned about different specialty areas and urology just seemed to 'fit' for me. It is one decision in my life that I have never second guessed."