What was my biggest obstacle?
Initially, societal expectations, but now I feel my biggest obstacle is my attitude and thoughts about my goals and limitations. Growing up as an African-American female, I was told "no" more times than I can count, because what I had hoped for my life seemed too ambitious. Now I realize it is really up to me to determine my destiny.
How do I make a difference?
As a pediatric ophthalmologist, I know what I do has a significant impact on the quality of life my patients enjoy. I also hope that my research efforts will contribute to how we treat blinding eye disorders!
Who was my mentor?
My mother was my most impressive mentor. She encouraged me to always try to do my best, and to follow my heart.
How has my career evolved over time?
I think I will always be a student of sorts, because there will always be more to learn. I realize now that I am mentoring others just as much as I am being mentored, which is an interesting turn of events.