I am originally from the Chicago, IL area and completed my college, medical school, and residency training in the Chicago, IL and Detroit, MI areas. After residency, I started practice as a general surgeon in a rural setting in northern Illinois. Over time, and after completing more than 5,000 cases in training and practice, I realized my true interest was surgical treatment of patients with cancer. I left my practice in Illinois to complete a surgical oncology fellowship. After the two year fellowship, my family and I moved to the Portland, OR area.
About my practice
My practice philosophy is to offer the highest level of care to my patients. My interests in surgical oncology include melanoma, sarcoma and soft tissue tumors, breast cancer, stomach cancer, and pancreatic cancer and other gastrointestinal malignancies. As the surgical oncologist of our region, I am afforded the honor of caring for many different types of cancer and many patients. Outside of my responsibilities in the operating room and clinic, I teach surgical residents at Oregon Health and Science University. I also participate in several cancer task forces dedicated to improvement of cancer care across the region and I am the acting physician lead of the Breast Cancer task force. Working at Kaiser Permanente allows me to offer superlative patient care as part of a multi-disciplinary team, including access to research protocols. I appreciate the opportunity to follow patients' long term to understand both the short- and long-term impact of treatment on patients and their families.
How I thrive
When not at work, I enjoy being with my family hiking, biking, and gardening. We also enjoy the food scene here in Portland which is second to none! I play drums in both live and studio projects. Having played drums most of my life, playing varied styles of music with many different musicians, has made for a most fulfilling hobby.