Almae Matres: Vanderbilt University, Baylor College of Medicine
Who is your patron saint, and why?:
I have quite a few, but St. Tarcisius comes to mind! He was an early Roman acolyte and martyr who preferred death by a mob rather than give up the Eucharist he was carrying. He is often depicted in near-death, clutching the sacred species to his heart. To love the Blessed Sacrament with even an iota of St. Tarcisius’ fervor is the very focus of my prayer life.
What makes your experience as a Catholic Medical Student unique?
Being a Catholic definitely gives me an increased cognizance over the body I'm tasked to care for. The human body is sacred, beautiful, and has unparalleled dignity and intrinsic worth; and every page of my studies unearths yet another beautiful aspect or mechanism that affirms that humanity is the pinnacle of creation. Each of these Catholic principles guide my every action towards and treatment of patients.
More about me:
I brew and drink tea—typically an oolong or a strong, black breakfast—at nearly a half-gallon a day (no joke). A few summers ago, I came to trust a small tea purveyor based in France, so I’ve actually begun to import all my tea from them.
As for my medical interests, they mostly lie in urologic surgery and research into perioperative techniques.