I was born and raised in Philadelphia. I was fortunate to have had a strong role model in my grandfather-who was a physician. Even as a child, I could see that he was very proud of helping others and what he was doing made a difference. I attended medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and was a member of the honor medical society there. I have repeatedly been picked as one of the "Top Doctors" in San Diego Magazine. I am very proud of that because it represents being chosen by my peers.