It was an absolute pleasure to care for Howard. Serendipitously, our two academic paths converged. Mr. London researches the career paths of first-generation and community college students. I began my journey as a community college student, went to UCLA for some undergraduate work, was admitted to UCLA’s MD/PhD program and am now a physician in the Brigham’s Department of Neurosurgery. Our connection helped Howard to get through a challenging time during his recovery, personifying the lesson that even in our very technical endeavor, the human connection is what’s most important.

Genaro Villa, MD, MPH
Research Resident, Department of Neurosurgery