GUY: Daniel studied and completed a degree in biomedical engineering in undergraduate school at Columbia University, though he was officially pre-med. His senior project was to develop aortic stents, and his role model was a prominent vascular surgeon at Columbia.
During his first summer in medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, he gained valuable work experience in the research lab of a vascular surgeon, but decided he did not want to make vascular surgery his career. During that same first year, he learned more about vaginal deliveries, and by the time he finished his third-year clerkships, he had decided on a career in obstetrics and gynecology.
Throughout Daniel’s medical school career, I bonded with his fellow classmates. At the end of his classmates’ fourth year, they honored me by asking that I give their “Last Lecture” in med school.
DANIEL: My dad is fond of saying, “I teach young physicians how to take care of women with cancer. There is no more ethical profession in our society.” It was a dream come true when I was offered the chance to return to the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville as an attending faculty member coming out of my gynecologic oncology fellowship.