Deborah grew up in the suburbs of Fremont, California and went to UC Berkeley for college where she majored in Molecular Cell Biology - Immunology. With the ever-so-grand dream of curing cancer, she participated in multiple research projects on pluripotent stem cells including engineering the delivery of therapeutics to tumor cells. She then pursued her Masters of Health Science at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and studied EBV vaccine prevention of Burkitt's Lymphoma. She joined the Department of Public Health at Bloomberg and participated in a project in the Center of Human Nutrition focusing on global child enteric health and micronutrient status. Finally, she travelled to sunny Boca Raton, Florida to attend medical school at Florida Atlantic University. She is fascinated with pediatric oncology and the implications of childhood cancer on adulthood, leading to her decision to practice med-peds!
In addition to being a nerd, Deborah loves learning about new cultures. Deborah is super excited to be at UM/Jackson where we are able to serve a diverse population and advocate for patients. It’s exciting to practice global health locally everyday and feel surrounded by the kindest and most passionate people.
Away from the hospital, you can find her exploring her new home of Miami! From prancing in the sand in South Beach to sashaying through the bustling crowds in Brickell, you can bet she is keeping herself busy! She is so excited to be on this journey with her med-peds family and feels oh so incredibly lucky to be here!