The Power List 2021 – Power List
Director at the Office of Health Technology, Ophthalmic, Anesthesia, Respiratory, ENT, & Dental Devices, Office of Product Evaluation and Quality, Food and Drug Administration, Maryland, USA
What is your proudest professional achievement?
Within the FDA, my greatest achievement is building an amazing diverse team of nearly 150 staff, where everyone feels that they belong and their differences are valued, respected and celebrated.
Outside of ophthalmology, what makes you happy?
Traveling, reading, hiking, biking, dancing, growing flowers, and painting. Whether flying in a hot air balloon over a desert, sailing past the Rock of Gibraltar, taking a long walk on a beach or painting quietly at home, it is wonderful especially when I am joined by my family and friends.
What piece of advice would you have given yourself at the start of 2020, if you knew the pandemic was going to hit?
I would have taken a long vacation with my family so we could store up happy memories – and a sleep reserve!