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What inspired you to do what you do?

Research, public service, and the reduction of human suffering have been three consistent themes throughout my career. I started college with the intention of becoming an anesthesiologist (I came from a medical family), but I was also interested in drug policy...

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What inspired you to do what you do? 

I was always interested in the complexity of the human brain. To me it is the most fascinating and mysterious organ in the body. It controls so much! After doing some undergraduate work in the neurochemistry of memory, I was drawn into both medicine and...

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What inspired you to become a healthcare professional?

I was completing my PhD when I had the opportunity to spend time with a visiting professor in psychology, Dr. Ed Kremer. Dr. Kremer developed one of the first behavioral medicine treatment programs at Dartmouth. We had many discussions...

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What inspired you to become a healthcare provider?

Being raised by my parents. They are both in their 80s and still practicing psychiatry. My father always says that he has never worked in his entire life because he enjoys his job so much.

Why did you focus on pain management?

During my PM&R...

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What inspired you to become a healthcare provider?

Right after graduating with my first degree (business), I got a job as a pharmacy technician. I loved it, but decided I wanted to BE the pharmacist, not just work for one. So I went to pharmacy school and eventually accidentally (happily) ended up...

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What inspired you to become a healthcare provider?

Haha! I’m not. I am a lawyer; a former federal prosecutor.

Why did you focus on pain management?

One afternoon, while I was still working as a federal prosecutor, I was standing behind bulletproof glass and looking out on several patients who...

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