“In addition to the challenge of learning how to teach, I went through an identity crisis. I had to go from being a carefree college student to a responsible role model, and I was woefully unprepared.
“I had an unconventional path to medicine, a career direction I never considered as recently as five years ago.
I think it can be hard to strike a balance between being ambitious in one's chosen profession, while also being cognizant of tending to other areas of life.
"From the day I came to UCSF in 1991 I have been proud and humbled to be part of this institution and so happy to be living in the Bay Area.
"Diwali, or Festival of Lights, is the victory of goodness over all the evil that exists in the world. It symbolizes happiness, prosperity, and light.