I decided to become a physician to emulate my parents who helped others. My father is a general practitioner and my mother a nurse. I was both born and raised in South Africa and came to the United States after high school to attend college — first Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon and later Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans.
I later graduated from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee in 1994 and then came to Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota for internal medicine and cardiology training which included a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul,
I am a non-invasive cardiologist with an interest in valvular heart diseases and epidemiology. I enjoy and like everything about my job which includes clinical practice, working in the echocardiographic laboratory, research, and education. The eagerness of the students, residents and fellows makes teaching particularly gratifying.
The needs of the patient of course always comes first and it is this Mayo Clinic principle that is the Clinic's greatest strength and the main reason I think so many of us are happy to be part of the Clinic.
Dec. 07, 2011