Kaiser Permanente physician
My gender: Male
Accepting new patients. Referral may be required.
I’m pleased to offer this Web page as a way for you to learn more about me. I’m proud to be a member of what I feel is such an outstanding General Surgery Department that strives to provide high-quality care and service.
I was born in the Bronx, New York, but grew up in Southern California (Orange and Los Angeles counties). I graduated as co-valedictorian from UC San Diego. I then lived on the East Coast (Harvard Medical School), the South (intern at Duke University in North Carolina), and the Midwest (general surgery residency at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri) for my medical training. I then completed additional training in a laparoscopic surgery fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, and a hepatobiliary-pancreatic fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. I’m elated to be back in gorgeous Southern California—with its sunny and warm weather—to raise my family. And I feel especially fortunate to have joined Kaiser Permanente—where my dad has worked for over 35 years as an Ob/Gyn physician.
For me, a medical career, especially one in surgery, is a rare opportunity to help people in a vital way. If my members do not immediately understand a treatment or procedure, it gives me pleasure to help them understand it. Clear communication with members and their families is important to me. I’m honored that people have entrusted me with their care or the care of their loved ones. I strive to treat every one of them as I would my own family. I’m also active as an associate clinical professor of surgery at UC San Diego, and as the former president of the San Diego Society of General Surgery.
My family life is my major priority. I enjoy family activities such as swimming, snorkeling, skiing, fishing, traveling, baseball, football, basketball, archery, volleyball, and martial arts (Kung Fu). I flourish in mind, body, and spirit through my personal faith.