I started looking for an opportunity once it was announced that Korea would host the 2018 Winter Olympics. I was introduced to Dr. Bill Moreau, the United States Olympic Committee medical director, when I went to Korea to attend a sports medicine conference. Bill invited me to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, where I volunteered to work with the athletes. Since I am trained in internal medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and sports medicine, I was able to see patients with a spectrum of sports-related injuries and internal medicine conditions. The Olympic Training Center also uses sports ultrasound, which I routinely use at Stanford.
Ultimately, I was offered a position as a physician for Team USA. Interestingly, the Korean Olympic Organizing Committee had simultaneously invited me to be a venue medical officer for ice hockey. I had to decide between being part of the medical team for Korea, my home country, or the United States, my new home and the country where I live and have a family. I chose to be a physician for Team USA, which is bringing the largest group of athletes to the games. But I will be working as a liaison between both medical teams.