About Me

Welcome to my Web page. I'm glad to have the opportunity to present my credentials and share other information about myself. It is very important that you feel comfortable with your surgeon, and I hope this page will help you start to get to know me.


I was raised in Detroit and received my undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan. I then moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where I completed my residency in general surgery. I've been in San Diego since 1998, when I came to UC San Diego, to do a fellowship in trauma surgery and surgical critical care. My husband is also a Midwesterner, and he now practices emergency medicine at another hospital in San Diego. We had our first child in March of 2009. Kaiser Permanente is very supportive of physicians who want to do volunteer work. In the past decade I have been able to go to Liberia twice, with Doctors Without Borders, to give emergency surgical care to people affected by war and poverty, as well as to Haiti and Jamaica. I also fill several administrative roles in the department, serving at the Assistant Chief of General Surgery for North County and am the subsection head of General Surgery at Palomar Hospital.

About my practice

I have a broad-based general surgical practice, with special interests in thyroid and parathyroid disease as well as trauma and critical care. Most of my practice is based in North County at Kaiser Permanente San Marcos Medical Offices and Palomar Medical Center.

How I thrive

Being a Kaiser Permanente surgeon allows me to find time to enjoy my hobbies and take good care of myself. I love surfing and competing in triathlons. I became an Ironman in September 2010, when I completed the Ironman Wisconsin triathlon. My family and I enjoy spending time together outdoors. I also enjoy hiking and have climbed Mt. Whitney and Mt. Kilimanjaro. I'm going to run the New York City Marathon in Nov 2014