Lori Choi

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Choi is the founder of I’ll Have What She’s Having (IHWSH), which unites women in medicine and the restaurant industry to draw attention to the need for improved access to affordable health care while creating networking opportunities and community among the talented women of Houston’s culinary scene. After six months, the organization has grown to over 100 women, and raised over $40K for women’s health in Houston.

Choi graduated from Duke University with a double major in political science and international studies. Mentored by the cardiac surgeons at Columbia University, she earned a young investigator research award while in the lab of Dr. Mehmet Oz. After graduating from State University of New York-Downstate in Brooklyn, she moved to Houston to train at Baylor College of Medicine. 

Choi previously served as assistant professor at the UT Medical Branch in Galveston, where she created a vascular surgery training program, earned accolades for teaching, and was named a Rising Star Super Doc by Texas Monthly (2013). After taking a position as a staff surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, Choi was inspired to become an independent surgeon, focusing on under-served and rural areas of the country. She is proud to help connect women with resources to promote their health and their long-term goals.