Having grown up as an "army brat" and then subsequently receiving medical and surgical training in the Army, I have had the opportunity to live all over the world. My five year surgical residency was in Tacoma, Washington at Fort Lewis, just "up the street" from Portland, Oregon, and was my family's favorite place to live. Most recently, I lived in Kennesaw, Georgia, working for Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta for the past 13 years, while watching my three children grow up and (finally!) graduate from college. Once our last child was out of our house, my wife and I looked at one another and asked where we would like to live if we had our choice and both of us wanted to live in the Pacific Northwest - specifically in the Portland/Southwest Washington area. We made the big move in the summer of 2012 and are thrilled with being back.
About my practice
I enjoy being part of the team of Kaiser Permanente surgeons. We have a group of surgeons who are uncommonly skilled and caring. The indications for, as well as the risks and benefits of, surgery can be quite confusing - helping to thoughtfully guide patients through decisions regarding surgery is one of my favorite parts of the job.
How I thrive
I confess to being hopelessly addicted to distance running. I recently ran (and really enjoyed!) my first 50-kilometer race and am eying moving up to a 50-miler as my next challenge. Needless to say, a love of cooking and eating with family work well with all the running. I am also a strong advocate for, and regular volunteer with, Doctors Without Borders, having greatly enjoyed surgical missions in Haiti, Sudan, Sri Lanka and, most recently, Nigeria.