Currently a part-time certified emergency-room physician since 1988. My first initiation in to the world of compassion and suffering started in 2003 when I returned to my motherland, Ethiopia. There, I saw babies dying of diseases that were treatable and preventable. I saw animals being needlessly tortured, as they are elsewhere. I saw homeless little children sleeping on concrete. When I returned to the United States, I realized what my mission was in life, and the idea of the International Fund for Africa was born, in memory of my mother, Amsale Gessesse who died in 1961.
My extra-professional activities include promoting a vegan diet, working with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and animal protection.