The Doctor: Aegean Chan
Aegean Chan has known how to listen to a heart and what to look for when checking an ear since the age of 15. Yes, these are medical basics, but volunteering at a free clinic for the homeless and uninsured at such a young age has helped her become the doctor she is today, a deeply empathetic dermatologist, well-versed in international health and the modern practice (with a published essay on Gaucher disease, and high honors from Albert Einstein College of Medicine). Though Aegean's work has taken her across many continents and countries (including Bolivia to work in pediatric and adolescent health and Haiti, where she has an ongoing engagement), she also stays in touch with the more glamorous (or, let's say, less technical) side of the practice, with her own blog recommending dermatologic and beauty products. Yep, a doctor with a blog, but deep roots in the meaning of her work as well. Of the changing face of medicine, Aegean tells us, "Our fundamental responsibility is to care for and improve the lives of our patients in all aspects of their well-being. Although healthcare delivery and systems are evolving, the heart of what we do remains the same. Talking to people about their lives and to care for them is my duty, but also a great and beautiful privilege." And in her case, this privilege is indeed beautiful both inside and out.
Hair by Sera Sloane Bishop, makeup by Erin Green and Tiffany Patton.