Born in Pakistan, grew up in NH, MA, NY, & OK. I graduated from Edmond North High School as class valedictorian in 2003 then promptly entered the University of Oklahoma on scholarship. There, I discovered my love of (1) activism and (2) medicine. After four great years, I graduated in 2007.
Shortly thereafer I moved to Egypt where I studied Arabic (فصحى), Islam, and international health at the Al-Diwan Arabic Institute and Ain Shams University. After a year and certificate in Modern Standard Arabic (CMSA), I moved back to the States with a newfound appreciation of global health and medicine.
I began medical school at the University of Michigan in 2008 and felt a passion for hematology/oncology and public health. I took a leave from medical school to pursue an MPH at Harvard.
In my spare time, I think of clever things to tell people what I do in my spare time. That, racketball, and good pieces of nonfiction