Having the ability to empower women to improve their quality of life is what directed my path to the subspecialty of urogynecology. As the daughter of a teacher and a surgeon, I am motivated to provide the education and surgical expertise to guide patients to select their personalized treatment plan. Whether the plan is conservative (without surgery) or involves a minimally invasive operation, my approach is patient-driven.
Initially in my obstetrics and gynecology residency, I thought I would pursue the subspecialty of gynecologic oncology. However, my career path changed after spending a fellowship month at MD Anderson Cancer Center. There, I cared for women whose cancer treatments left them with urinary and bowel outcomes that were inoperable and created devastating quality-of-life challenges (such as urinary and fecal incontinence). Ultimately, I found that it is more inspiring for me to improve these quality-of-life issues for patients.