Born in New York City, Dr. Pan spent her childhood and early teen years in Taiwan. She returned to the United States to attend high school in western New York state, and then onto SUNY University at Buffalo, where she earned an undergraduate degree and later M.D. from Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
“I chose psychiatry because it gives me the opportunity to listen to people’s stories and be there with them through difficult life events,” Dr. Pan says.
To expand her horizons to see adults as well as children and adolescents, Dr. Pan completed her psychiatry fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. An anime fan, she believes her interests sometimes reflect those of children and teens, giving her a unique perspective.
Dr. Pan treats anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, PTSD while encouraging therapy. “I am excited about the evidence supporting combined treatment of medication and therapy so that the emphasis isn’t only on medication,” she says.
Noting the necessities that arose from the COVID-19 lockdowns, Dr. Pan is enthusiastic about working in telemedicine. “Since the pandemic, telemedicine has shown that it’s really easy to adapt to different situations. I see that increasing,” she says. “Telemedicine helps make it easier for patients to access care, and I think we will be seeing a continued increase in telemedicine going forward.”
An avid traveler, Dr. Pan has made numerous trips to Japan and visited Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, New Zealand, and Hungary.Close