I grew up in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. and completed my undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University. After working for several years in a hospital environment doing both research and clinical work, I decided I wanted to become a physician. I attended Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans.
My specialty, pulmonary and critical care medicine, allows me a rare privilege in medicine: the opportunity to maintain a deep focus on a specialized area of medicine, while also treating members with a broad range of challenging medical problems. There is an old bromide in medicine: the secret of caring for the patient is to care for the patient. No matter what sort of issue someone comes to see me about, this principle remains central in my efforts to assist that person. I see each interaction with a member as an opportunity to make a positive difference for that individual. This is not only a personal goal I strive to fulfill, but one that Kaiser Permanente supports. I am proud to work for an organization that fosters a strong commitment to the health and well-being of its members. It is a good day every day when I can make a positive difference in someone's life.
I try to remember to live fully in the moment and enjoy what is around me. Walking outside to look up at the sky for a few minutes can make all the difference in a long day spent under the fluorescent lights of a modern hospital. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, being outdoors as often as I can, and reading. I think play is just as important for adults as it is for children - perhaps even more so as we age! As an adult, I exercise, but I do miss the team sports I participated in growing up: basketball, softball, track and field (I ran the hurdles) and field hockey. I have also fenced and rowed in the Schuylkill Navy.