Southern California, born and raised, on the basketball court is where I spent most of my days…ok, ok, I’m not Fresh Prince. Although, I am the second child of Pakistani-American parents. I grew up near Disneyland in Placentia, CA, and moved  south to attend San Diego State University. Prior to beginning at OHSU, I lived in Cairo, Egypt as a Fulbright student conducting research and working with the refugee community. I cherish the time I spent living in the Middle East, and long to travel more. Had I not been fortunate enough to pursue medicine, I like to think I would have helped revive the lost art of journalism. I have affection for all sports, especially basketball and football. Having spent most of my life in warm weather, my wife and I have come to embrace Portland for its beauty, hospitality, and love for coffee.