Recipient of the 2004 Odyssey Medal for Research
Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California San Francisco
"Doors open for smart, enthusiastic, focused, articulate individuals with a passion for improving the world."
At my institution (the University of California
San Francisco), I am a Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Epidemiology and
Biostatistics. I teach the medical student core curriculum in evidence-based
medicine, including making high-value
clinical decisions. I teach physicians in training in
the operating room and the labor and delivery suite. I also direct the cervical
cancer screening clinic at a large urban hospital (San Francisco General
As an undergraduate I worked with Dr. Goodwin in his laboratory at Hendrix, learning the basic methods of scientific discovery. As an extension of these experiences, I pursued a year-long fellowship as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow. Part of this fellowship was working with Dr. Christophe Morin at his chemistry laboratory in Paris continuing a project in organic synthesis that I had begun with Dr. Goodwin. The project continued on to West Africa where I became involved in public health approaches to tropical disease containment and treatment policies.
How Hendrix prepared me for success
My Hendrix experience confirmed my resolve to become a physician and pursue answers to clinically important questions. Although the focus of my inquiries has changed to cancer control, the passion for discovery and determining best policies has remained.
I am committed to determining ways for clinicians and patients to make good health care choices.
Doors open for smart, enthusiastic, focused, articulate individuals with a passion for improving the world.