“There are key moments in life that help define who you are and change your trajectory. Having your first child, is one of those moments where you are instantly and forever “Mom.” Seeing my first congenital repair was one of those moments where I found what I wanted to do in this world. I’ve spent the last sixteen years pursuing that goal. It has been incredibly rewarding, challenging and heartbreaking. It is what I am meant to do, and I am so grateful that I had people along the way like Craig Baker, Vaughn Starnes, Joe Woo, Ram Emani and Pedro del Nido who encouraged my ambition and passion.
I am just emerging from training, but at this juncture my advice to future trainees is to work hard and pursue your passion. Don’t be dissuaded by those who may tell you “No” or something is “not possible.” Surround yourself with people who will help you achieve your goals. My life as a congenital surgeon, wife, Mom and researcher wouldn’t be possible without my supportive husband, friends and family. We are all capable of much more than we can imagine.“