Although I was born in Hong Kong, I actually consider myself more of a New Yorker, having immigrated here at the age of 8. I settled in Brooklyn, and stayed in the city for high school and college. In 2000, I moved to Boston to pursue a combined MD-PhD degree at Harvard, and in 2006, completed my graduate thesis in Neuroscience studying nervous system regeneration. During this time, I also met the love of my life, Melody. After internship and residency, I ended my 12-year stay in Boston for fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at Duke in North Carolina. In 2014, I joined my wife in California, where I now split my time between science and clinical practice. With the little spare time I have, I enjoy cooking, movies, music, DJ'ing, tennis, billiards, and video games. Having majored in biochemistry and psychology back in college, I was always intrigued by the human mind, which provided the derivation of my current screen name, 'Xephalon', from the latin term for the head, 'cephalicus'.

I am constantly immersed in scientific and clinical journals and I sometimes worry that I'll forget how to write like a normal person. That is why I started this blog in 2002 as a way for me to write regularly, about food, work, fun, and other things outside of work that are important to me. It also serves as a journal so every once in a while, I can go back and see what I've been doing with my life. The website was designed as a replacement for its more flashy and elaborate predecessors from college. With my busier lifestyle now, I settled on a simpler design that will be easy to update and which I can work on the code from scratch (i.e. Windows notepad). Hopefully, I will find the time to maintain the photos and blog entries regularly, so it will be easy to keep people up to date with my life. I hope you enjoy your visit and drop me a line if you have any comments!