Welcome to my Web page. I am happy to have this chance to introduce myself to you and tell you about my practice. My experience with Kaiser Permanente began in 1985 when I started my internship at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center. After I finished by residency there, I came to Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center to practice medicine, and I never left. Coming to Kaiser Permanente was one of the best decisions I ever made.
I was born and raised in the Los Angeles area and have lived here almost my entire life. As a child, I had often thought about becoming a doctor, but I did not take the idea seriously until my second year in college. I volunteered at my local hospital and started reading medical journals in the library. I took all the required science classes and studied hard. Luckily, I did well and was accepted at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The education I received in Cincinnati was top-notch and has served me well through my career. My wife and I have one son. My hobbies include vegetable gardening, reading non-fiction books, and playing with our dog.
I am a hospitalist. This means I work exclusively in the inpatient hospital setting, either admitting patients from the emergency department or taking care of patients already admitted to the hospital. I am in a unique position to direct the diagnosis and treatment of adult patients who are hospitalized. Before moving to my hospital practice, I worked for about 16 years as a general internist at the Kaiser Permanente Gardena Medical Offices. My experience there has helped me tremendously in knowing how to create a smooth transition from your hospital stay back to the care of your personal physician.
Staying as healthy as possible is not just important to me, it is also important to the people who rely on me. I try to stay healthy by walking a lot for exercise and by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. In terms of feeling healthy, I find that keeping a positive mental outlook is very important. To achieve this, I make it a point of being cheerful and upbeat as much as possible. If I can brighten the spirits of just one person each day, I feel like I've been successful and that makes me feel healthier.