I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. My father was an immigrant from Norway who came through Ellis Island with just a few dollars to his name but who eventually earned an MBA from Harvard. He taught me, mainly through his deeds, that anything is possible. When I was seven, my father was transferred to Hawaii by the U.S. military. I grew up bicycling around the Leeward Coast and surfing, rafting, and bodysurfing at Makaha. I was schooled at Makaha Elementary School, Waianae Intermediate School, and Mid-Pacific Institute, where I graduated with medals in track and cross-country. At Harvard I was the first freshman to be All-Ivy League and All-East in cross-country.
During a radiology residency and neuroradiology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, my research interest led to imaging of disease in laboratory cats. I also did research on neurodegenerative disorders for the National Institutes of Health. Following these experiences I decided to pursue a career in clinical medicine. I am happy to be working with the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group and especially appreciate the team approach taken to managing patient care. For many years I have been a reviewer for the Permanente Medical Journal. In my tenure here I also have served as chair of the Hawaii Radiological Society. I have also been a member of the executive committee and served on other committees of the American Society of Neuroradiology and the Western Neuroradiology Society. I am founding president of the Mid Pacific Institute’s "M Club," which raises funds for athletics, and I continue to be active with my high school, college, and graduate school alma maters. I also do volunteer work in the community, especially with my children’s schools.
I walk daily and enjoy skiing with my three kids. My family and I enjoy traveling to discover new places, cultures, and foods, including China (my wife's ancestral home) and Europe (my own ancestral home). I read the newspaper instead of watching broadcast news, and I occasionally watch sports or political events. I have recently begun coaching and officiating at high school track and cross-country events.