Born in New York, I moved with my family to Atlanta while still in elementary school. Remaining in Atlanta through college, I then left for 17 years for medical training and my initial faculty position at City of Hope, a cancer hospital in Southern California. During this 17-year period I lived in New York; Portland, Ore.; New Haven, Conn.; and Arcadia, Calif. After working in California for five years, I returned to Atlanta where I was in a private oncology practice for 13 years.In 1999, I joined Kaiser Permanente as a hematology and oncology physician. I chose oncology because I enjoy the challenge of taking care of difficult medical problems, and because of my enjoyment of clinical research, which improves upon the quality of care we give our members with cancer. I have been fortunate to have co-authored over 50 medical articles and abstracts dealing with the care of cancer patients. I chose to work here because Kaiser Permanente does not interfere with the high-quality care I try to give each and every person in my practice. I live in Roswell, Ga. with my wife and four large dogs.
About my practice
My philosophy in caring for our members is to give each and every individual the highest quality of care possible. To accomplish this goal, I start by evaluating the whole individual, not just their disease. I believe that taking care of cancer patients is much more complex than simply treating their cancer, and that quality of life and family issues are just as important as cancer treatment. There needs to be a balance of these issues and other factors when taking care of individuals. What is right for one person is not necessarily right for the next individual. Total honesty is of utmost importance to me when taking care of our members. I do my best to give an accurate assessment of what could be the future implications of the member's disease process.For the past three years, I have been the oncology representative from Georgia working on an exciting new Kaiser Permanente electronic medical record project. This project will help to standardize evidence-based cancer treatments for Kaiser Permanente members across the country.
How I thrive
I thrive by spending time with my wife and our dogs: two Great Pyrenees and two Tibetan Mastiffs. On Friday afternoons, we load our dogs up and take off to spend time at our home in the North Georgia mountains, where it is peaceful and quiet. Watching the water flow down the Chattahoochee River from our backyard gives me great pleasure.Waterfalls have always fascinated me. I have seen many throughout the United States. Fortunately, there are quite a few in the mountains of Georgia. We have visited several of them and look forward to seeing them each fall when the leaves are most colorful.Cooking is one of my favorite things to do when I have time. Frequently, I cook up something special on the weekends. I love to cook seafood and sauces. Charcoal is my cooking fuel of choice when we have company and want to serve a good steak. My wife and I enjoy the arts. We both enjoy vivid colors such as purples, oranges, blues and greens. Our glass collection and art work reflect our taste in contemporary furnishings, interesting mediums and a wide range of paintings which decorate our home.