I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and grew up in Toronto, Canada. I began my undergraduate training at the University of Toronto studying Biology and Physics. At age nineteen I was awarded two academic scholarships gaining me an early acceptance to the University of Toronto's medical school (ranked #5 in the world).
After graduation in 1993, I moved to the United States for postgraduate training. First, an internship at the University of Southern California, followed by a residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. Finally, in 1997, I completed my training as Chief Resident at the Cleveland Clinic where I helped design and initiate their Florida teaching program.