I joined Kaiser Permanente Northwest in 1998, after completing residency at Oregon Health and Science University and spending two years working in a community practice in Lewiston, ME. I grew up in Oakland, CA and went to medical school at University of California, San Diego. I am married, have two school-age children, and live in northeast Portland. In addition to my outpatient internal medicine responsibilities, I serve as the medical director for the Kaiser Permanente Northwest Severe Obesity/Bariatric Surgery program. I also serve as a lead physician for weight management for Kaiser Permanente's Care Management Institute. I'm proud of our efforts to make the health care system safer and a little more responsive to the needs of heavier individuals.
About my practice
It is truly an honor and privilege to be a part of my patients' lives. I value continuity of care and long term relationships. I recognize that almost everybody today has an overly busy life, and that coming in to our office is usually a disruption to a busy day. Within the bounds of safe and high quality medical practice I try to do what I can to help people manage their concerns in a convenient manner. One of the great parts of my job is getting to know the really diverse, and wonderful, group of people who are my patients, and working to provide individualized care for them, consistent with their unique preferences and values. It is my firm belief that health is not something you can get in a medical office or pharmacy, it comes through how you live (and a little luck). I hope my patients recognize their own responsibility for healthy living; managing their stress, eating a wholesome and nutritious diet and maintaining a physically active lifestyle, and I'm happy to help them improve these habits. I strive to maintain these behaviors in my own life. We all need to be responsible to make our community environments safer and healthier too since the biggest barrier to healthy lifestyles are the barriers present in the world around us.
How I thrive
Playing and hanging out with my kids, who are thankfully young enough they don't mind having me around. Continuing on a lifelong quest to become a proficient string bass player. Learning to play the ukulele, which appears to be a whole lot easier than the bass. Cooking healthy food for my family, which when possible consists of whatever is fresh from the farmers market (ask me about my world famous bean recipes). Getting my 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week, although the types of activities I do seems to be a moving target. Biking to and from work; nothing better for thriving than a brisk bike ride to start the day, and then riding home to decompress after a busy work day.