I have lived all over the United States. I grew up in the Midwest and attended college in the Bay Area, at University of California, Berkeley, then headed to upstate New York for graduate school at Cornell University, where I met my wife. I taught high school before attending Wake Forest University School of Medicine. My wife and I then moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon, where we completed a rural family-medicine residency. I completed a geriatrics fellowship in Asheville, North Carolina, before moving to a small town in Virginia. My wife and I practiced medicine there for almost a decade, doing everything except delivering babies! I loved that experience, but we wanted to be closer to family in the Pacific Northwest. We are so happy to be in Portland now with our 3 children. We love the area and all of the wonderful people here.
My experience as a geriatrician in a rural, underserved area helped me feel comfortable treating complicated diseases in an environment without many resources. In our town in Virginia, my wife and I started a free health clinic, which is still going today. That experience fostered my belief that less is more when it comes to treatments and medications. Communication is essential, and I am committed to working closely with members to come up with a complete and thorough plan of care. I was also trained by gastroenterologists to do endoscopies (EGDs and colonoscopies) and have been doing those for the last 10 years. At this point I have done thousands and continue to do them still. It is a good feeling to know that I am taking part in a preventive procedure that helps reduce colon cancer, the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
If I'm not working, you can find me spending time with my wife and children. We love to ski, hike, and swim. Before moving to Portland, we all packed into our truck and pop-up camper and drove 5,000 miles from Virginia to Canada to Oregon! It was an amazing trip, and we still talk about it.