I was born and raised in New York City, with a stop in South Florida before moving back north to attend Boston University. While in Boston, I received a degree in biomedical engineering and then moved to Baltimore to attend Johns Hopkins Medical School. In 1988, I moved to Atlanta to live and finish my training at Emory.
My wife and I have three children, who all thrive on outdoor sports - tennis, baseball, swimming, golf and skiing.
About my practice
Medicine to me has always been about teaching. While diagnosis and prescribing is important, it often is a small part of what medicine is about. Teaching people about their diagnosis, the factors that contribute to it and how they take an active role in their treatment is often the most important part of medicine.
While I practice general gastroenterology, I have special interests in liver and hepatobiliary diseases.
I have been with Kaiser Permanente for more than 15 years, and I have served in a number of roles. I have been chief of the Gastroenterology Department at Northside Hospital as well as chief of the Gastroenterology Department at Kaiser Permanente.
How I thrive
I try to maintain a balance between family, leisure and work. My entire family likes outdoor activities, which range from participating in tennis, golf, baseball, swimming and skiing, or watching the Braves, Hawks, Falcons, Thrashers and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. We also enjoy travel and the beach.