“I was a triathlete. Then after a race, a disk in my spine ruptured and I didn’t know if I’d ever walk—much less race—again. After multiple surgeries and physical therapy, I’m back on my feet but my goals have changed. While I’d love to get back to competitive sports, I understand that my life has changed. My mission has changed. I know what it’s like to be a patient and that’s changed the way I am as a doctor.”

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