Occupation: Medical Oncologist, Yale University
Why does health equity matter to you?
Inner-city residents were some of my first patients in the teaching hospitals where I worked. In an age with many advances in medical technology, I care for cancer patients who have little access to these developments and can’t afford their medications.
Now that my skills are more mature, I want to advocate for the community who helped me get where I am.
What’s in your leadership toolkit?
I understand well the factors that influence health care outcomes in New Haven, where I’ve worked for more than two decades. I am persuasive / stubborn and able to convince individuals to quit smoking and develop healthy habits. During the fellowship, I want to amplify and globalize these skills in order to have an impact on cancer health policy.
What is your not-so-secret guilty pleasure?
Lifetime Movies. All the issues are resolved in 90 minutes and the heroine always triumphs at the end of the day.