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Yile Ding
Assistant Clinical Professor

Yile Ding

Yile is such a pretty name, what does it mean?

It is a simplified version of my Chinese name and it means “happy.”

Does your family celebrate the holidays and how?

Not in the American way and because our family here is so small, just my husband and parents, we don’t do the large dinners.

Have you lived in San Francisco long? Do you have a favorite neighborhood and what makes it special?

I have lived and worked most of my adult life in San Francisco. I love the Sunset, there is so much to do and parking is easy.

Can you describe your most satisfying personal pet project in 2012?

That would be buying our home in the Ingleside Terrance, which is a little closer to Parnassus (so I get to snooze 5 more minutes in the morning). We are in the process of remodeling and it will be an achievement when it is all finished. The appliances are all in place and then we will figure out the interior design.

Are you someone who leaps out of bed and charges into the morning or a snooze-button pusher?

I am definitely a snooze-button pusher! I set the alarm half an hour before I should wake up so that I can hit it the snooze button a few times. The clock has to be near me; I would be very grouchy if I had to get out of bed to turn it off.

Did you learn any special economizing habits as a medical student that you cannot un-learn?

Online shopping. I don’t know if that saved any money but it certainly was easier because we didn’t have time to go shopping.

What is the first thing you notice about people in social situations?

I am an introvert so I like extroverts. My husband is an introvert too, so we are well matched.

Have you traveled much? Where in the world would you like to go?

We try to travel whenever we can. I return to China at least once a year to visit family in Shanghai and we have traveled to France and Italy. I love Tuscany because the food there is not at all like the Italian food here. I am somewhat of a foodie and love to try new things.

Who is a friend that makes simple moments fun? For how long have you been friends and what binds you?

Because we left Shanghai when I was young, my school friends are all still there. Here, I have several close friends that I have known since residency and I think what binds us is that we all have similar personalities.

Have you seen any of the new movies that were just released? Did you stay for the credits?

I liked Cloud Atlas more than my husband did. Movies are my entertainment and I like action more than serious independent movies. I sit through most of the credits but that is so the crowds can leave first.

How will you toast the New Year?

I turn red when I drink so I can only have a few sips of beer. Besides, I am on jeopardy for New Year. We will probably go out to dinner and I will probably stay up to midnight because that is often what I do.

Best wishes for a happy new year, Yile.

- by Oralia Schatzman

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