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I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. My undergraduate training was at UCLA and my medical school training at UCSD Medical School. I completed an Internal Medicine residency at UCSD and completed my training in 1998. Afterwards, I participated in a 1 year fellowship specializing in HIV Medicine at the Owen Clinic and stayed on as faculty. I am currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at UCSD Medical Center. Since 1998, I have been involved in HIV health care (inpatient and outpatient care) at UCSD Medical Center and at San Diego County Jail. My research interests include metabolic complications of antiretroviral therapy (dyslipidemia and lipodystrophy) and Kelee meditation. As part of the AIDS Education Training Center, I have participated in teaching medical students, residents, and trainees from around the world about HIV. In my spare time, I play tennis and poker.
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Caring for those with HIV began a passion for relieving suffering in medical school in 1982. I soon learned that care for others needs to be balanced with self-care which is why I have a passion for international travel, art, theatre, animals and exercise along with attention to spiritual practice. My professional interests include HIV medicine, Pain and symptom management, ethics, teaching and substance abuse issues.
Current drug therapy for HIV is effective, yet can be complex. It is important to ensure the safe and correct use of medications in order to achieve desired goals of drug therapy. I love working with patients to plan for initial HIV treatment or to adjust antiretroviral regimens as needed to optimize tolerance and/or response. I also enjoy educating my patients so that they understand and feel comfortable with treatment decisions and plans for follow-up care.
Finding the best nutritional solutions for those living with HIV/AIDS and other medical conditions has become my passion. I’m constantly applying my combined knowledge of food, health, nutrition, disease and drug/supplement interaction, and acquiring new experience to build on that knowledge. Everything we do revolves around properly feeding our bodies! My work is my life, and I’ve had the privilege of participating in AIDS LifeCycle three times, personally raising over $15,000 for HIV/AIDS services in California; in addition to many other nutrition-related activities and events.
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