I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. While there, I received my medical degree from the School of Medicine of Universidad del Rosario. I completed my rotatory internship in Hospital Militar Central, followed by a one-year social service tour in rural Colombia.
I completed my residency training in neurology at the Hospital Militar Central in Colombia and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. I completed a fellowship in neuropathology and neuro-oncology at Vanderbilt University, followed by a two-year neuro-oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. I was a professor of medicine (hematology/oncology) and neurology (Department of Neurology) at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. I joined UVA's Division of Neuro-Oncology in September 2014 after more than 20 years as the director of the neuro-oncology program at Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
My wife and I have two daughters. In my free time, I enjoy tennis, biking and playing chess.