I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. The U.S. Army provided me a scholarship to attend medical school in 1974, and assigned me to Tripler Army Medical Center in 1982 following completion of my post-graduate specialty training. Because living and working in Hawaii was such an overwhelmingly positive and beautiful experience for my family, we decided to remain in Hawaii after my military retirement in 1996.
My work at the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group (HPMG) is a challenging and rewarding experience. HPMG has the largest team of expert physicians and surgeons across all specialties in Hawaii, and I can call on the talents and experiences of these experts on a daily basis. The nursing, pharmacy, and all other support staff are top shelf, and we work together as a team to provide high quality care for our members. I believe in applying the best available scientific evidence to the practice of medicine. This scientific evidence is used as a guide, and tailored to meet the specific health care needs of an individual patient. My philosophy is to treat always, cure often, but first do no harm. My American Board of Internal Medicine specialty certifications include internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, and infectious diseases. I am a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and maintain active memberships with the Infectious Disease Society of America and the Society for Health Care Epidemiology. At HPMG, I serve as medical advisor to the Regional Infection Control Committee, medical adviser to the Regional Immunization Committee, and am a member of the "Flu-Crew" and Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committees. Over my thirty year career in Hawaii, I have given presentations to local medical and community groups on such diverse topics as bioterrorism, tuberculosis, leptospirosis, influenza, streptococcal infections, rheumatic fever, rat lung worm disease (eosinophilic meningitis), murine typhus, hepatitis, cat scratch disease, pneumonia, fever of unknown origin, and hantavirus disease (Korean hemorrhagic fever). I have published several articles in medical journals including such topics as “Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome” for the Annals of Internal Medicine, and “Murine Typhus” for the Hawaii Medical Journal.
My faith nourishes the spirit, and guides my actions throughout life. My family gives me strength and confidence. A balanced portion-controlled diet, and walking have helped to keep me physically healthy. I also follow the advice of my personal physicians. Free time is mostly spent with my wife, children and grandchildren. Visiting with friends and helping people is very important to me. My hobbies include playing the saxophone, singing old rock ‘n roll songs, numismatics (coin collecting), and science fiction.