I was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina where I developed a passion for basketball, travel, the outdoors, and vinegar-based pork barbecue. I attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, where I studied biomedical engineering. I pursued graduate school at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and then received an MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. During medical school I spent some time in Africa developing a cancer registry for Malawi and also spent a year as a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow conducting health services research with a focus on prostate cancer. I completed an internship in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.