Q: What led you to work in pulmonology?
I've always found the lungs and breathing interesting. Whatever you do - eat, sleep, walk - you're breathing. In some cases, you can control it, and in others, like when we're asleep, you cannot. The act of breathing is physically complicated.
That fascination is part of the reason I chose pulmonology. Also, before I attended medical school, I got firsthand experience with some of the challenges to breathing after a younger cousin developed real bad asthma.
I attended medical school in Nepal before coming to New York to complete my residency and a pulmonology fellowship in Brooklyn. I then worked for two years with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center before moving to Detroit to complete a sleep medicine fellowship.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
I had previously worked in Pennsylvania so I knew I wanted to stay in the area. I had also experienced the city life during my fellowships and knew I didn't want to continue practicing in the city. In both of those cases, most of your patients are brand new and many don't follow-up so you rarely build that relationship.
What drew me to Franklin County is that it is a nice, small area where you get to know the patients and they get to know you. At the same time, you're not too far from the city.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about pulmonology?
We don't want to just diagnose and treat patients, but want them to really know their disease and how to manage it. We want to show them the test images and results so that they can see everything - big and small - and understand their results.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working in Franklin County?
I'm looking forward to being a part of a successful practice, making sure patients are satisfied with their care, helping to save their lives and improving community health here in Franklin County.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
I enjoy spending time with my family - I have two daughters - and also watching a lot of sports. I'd say football and soccer are my two favorites.