I was fortunate at a very young age as I realized I wanted to become a physician, just like my father who is a gynecologic oncologist. He was instrumental in fueling my desire to become a physician. When I was an under-graduate, he allowed me to observe surgical cases. I vividly remember a patient with an ovarian mass and metastatic disease and the frozen section with signet ring cells. I did not understand it at the time but later I realized that she had a Krukenberg tumor. I was hooked.
Fortunately, my desire to be a gynecologic oncologist was reinforced during my OB/GYN rotations. I found the hard work enjoyable and rewarding. I had been particularly charged by my experience on the Gynecologic Oncology rotations at the Moffitt Cancer Center. I enjoyed presenting complex patients that were discussed at our weekly tumor board. Through my second and third year of residency I absorbed as much surgical time as I could find. I always admired how the Gynecologic Oncologist was essentially a General Surgeon, Surgical Oncologist, Colorectal Surgeon, Urologist, Gynecologist, and Medical Oncologist. They take care of the whole patient from diagnosis to cure or death. I could not imagine anything more satisfying to be.
When I graduated from obstetrics and gynecology residency from the University of South Florida my next journey took me to Buffalo New York where I was honored to be a gynecologic oncology fellow at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Here I hope to master the skills of clinical research as well as gain the necessary surgical skills to become a great gynecologic oncology surgeon.