Infectious Disease Doctor, Partners In Health
2003 AAdvantage Miles: 55,994
Keith was born and raised in Harlem, New York, and attended Yale
undergrad and Harvard medical school. So you would think he'd be
used to freezing temperatures. But note the destinations Keith has
chosen to do his life's work in: Lima, Haiti, the Dominican
Republic. See a trend? Keith dreams of warm sun, blue water, and
white-sand beaches. But in a pinch, a nice pool is all the
relaxation he needs. Keith couldn't join us in Tucson because he's
currently working at Columbia Presbyterian in New York as part of a
fellowship. So we met him at the Millennium Hilton there, where
over dinner he was a font of fascinating information about
issues, and the incredibly proud father of an eight-month-old son.
Although he generally has more patients to see and work to do than
he has hours in a day, when Keith found himself with
a little downtime in Haiti, he entered our contest on a whim. Lucky
us. Because his story is the perfect example of the rigors of being
a Road Warrior.
Ihad a free day on a business trip to Seoul, so I decided to do a
bit of sightseeing. Yoseu, a random town at the end of a train
line, seemed as good a place as any to explore, so I bought a
The market was still crowded even though it was dusk by the time my
train arrived. I stopped in front of what looked to be a
restaurant. On the floor in front of the store were water-filled
pails with things inside. I recognized squid in one, oysters in
another, and clams in a third. There were three others: orange
bulbous things with puckers, long brown things with puckers, and
long smooth white things that half floated and half sank. I assumed
they were all alive.
The woman who sat behind this menagerie looked up at me. I pointed
to the orange things, pointed to the brown things, pointed at the
tables inside of the store, and smiled.
She smiled back, got up, and walked into the restaurant. I followed