I grew up in Massachusetts with my identical twin brother. After 12 years of catholic school (hence my lack of fashion sense) I majored in Biology at Northeastern University. My initial goals of cloning dinosaurs fell to the wayside and I drifted towards medicine. After graduation, rather than spend day after day running DNA sequences, I opted instead to enlist in the US Navy as a hospital corpsman (ie medic).
While in the Navy I was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina as a field medic with a USMC infantry unit. During this time I had the opportunity to train in cold weather medicine, desert medicine and jungle medicine. After a 3 month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Freedom, I finished out my enlistment with 2 years at a branch medical clinic in London, UK.
After applying to medical schools while still stationed in London, I was able to transition back to civilian life with only a few days rest before starting classes at University of New England in Biddeford, ME. My medical career then took me to emergency medicine residency training at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia followed by a wilderness and expedition medicine fellowship at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY.
The niche of my fellowship was medical coverage at multi-day, multi-stage ultramarathons, something I remain involved with to this day. In fact I have been the medical director for the Grand to Grand Ultra since 2014. When my fellowship ended I took some time off to get my Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) in Liverpool, UK before heading back home to New England.
My full-time job since 2015 has been as a board-certified emergency medicine physician at Cambridge Health Alliance, a community health system just outside of Boston. However I continue to pursue outside interests both related to medicine (ie race medical coverage) and not (app development, jiu jitsu, etc).