Welcome to my Web page. I'm happy to have this chance to introduce myself to you and tell you about my practice. I feel very fortunate to work at Kaiser Permanente because of my wonderful colleagues and patients, and look forward to working with you to care for your health.
I was born in Hong Kong and came to the United States to go to college at USC. Then I switched from being a Trojan to a Bruin and finished medical school at UCLA. Because I love Los Angeles, I stayed in the area for my internship and residency and am delighted to work at Kaiser Permanente Panorama City. I was motivated to consider medicine as a career by my grandmother's long illness in Hong Kong. My fondness for science and interaction with people pushed me further to the direction of medicine. But I have to admit that it's been a surprise for me to discover that medicine is not a pure science but is also partly an art-in medicine, unlike for example computers, there isn't always an exact outcome or explanation. My hobbies outside medicine are mountain biking, skiing, music, hi-fi stereos, computers, and consumer electronics.
Communication with my patients and their families is an important part of my practice. It is a privilege to share my patients concerns and hopes. I feel honored that patients have entrusted me with their care and strive to treat them as I would my own family. Primary care medicine has helped me understand our built-in lifespan, the process of aging, and how brief and delicate life is. We are all often too busy commuting to work to appreciate beauty of the streets, mountains, and the scenery. Often we don't appreciate our own selves, and subconsciously abuse our minds and bodies by overeating, smoking, denying things, worrying, and trying too hard to control the outcome. In my decades of practice, I frequently see people anxious about things that modern medicine can't control, predict, or prevent. On the other hand, they ignore practical, realistic steps that can help them lead healthier lives.
To decrease the burden on mind and body, it's important for everybody to take it easy mentally. We can't always have our own way. Instead, we have to accept uncertainty and embrace reality pragmatically and with a willingness to compromise.