While adrift in Medical School, I had the opportunity of meeting Dr Terrance McNally and Dr Sam Iyer at Downstate who helped me reach an epiphany. Yes, Medicine was challenging, but it could also be enjoyable. And yes, I COULD do it! With this direction, I did my Internship, Residency and eventually Fellowship at Long Island Jewish Hospital. There, I met some additional outstanding Gastroenterologists, Drs. Katz, Katzka and Bank who were my role models of knowledge, understanding and compassion. Since 1981, I have been practicing in Eastern Connecticut, fulfilling the pathway so ably set by my mentors. I have been actively teaching at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and UNECOM. I am proud to have been involved in policy formation in Connecticut and have devoted my time to numerous hospital and national committees. Teaching is my PASSION and I hope to share that passion with you.