I have been at the University of California, San Diego and the VA San Diego Healthcare System since September 2005, almost eight years. I am grateful for all my friends and mentors that I worked with during that time and I will be sad to leave.
Over Christmas we visited family in Tucson and had a very nice time. At a Christmas party, I met a lot of University of Arizona faculty and felt "at home". "First Sign"
My father-in-law died soon after we left and I began to realize quite deeply how important it was for me and my family to be closer to family.
While preparing for a lipedema webinar, I reviewed a powerrpoint presentation by Dr. Marlys Witte from the University of Arizona and her last slide was of a building with the words "Lymphedema Center". Wow, a lymphedema center at the University of Arizona; wish I could have seen it while I was there. "Second sign"
I truly started thinking about looking at the University of Arizona but then thought of all I had to do in San Diego and tried to sqash my interest and negate the signs. On a drive in to work, while I was waiting in a long line of cars going in to the VA, I was actually squashing the signs when I looked up and there was a car in front of me with Arizona license plates. "Third sign"
At that point I felt the Universe speaking to me and I went directly into work and looked up the Endocrinology Division at the University of Arizona. I found the Endocrine Division Chief and called him. You can imagine the conversation. Hi, I'm Karen Herbst and I work with patients with fat disorders and they have lymph problems and you have a lymmphedema center and, well, do you have any openings? Well, amazingly they were hiring! I sent in my curriculum vitae and here we are.
I look forward to taking my research in fat disorders to a new level.
I will be continuing my research on fat disorders.
EXPECT GREAT THINGS