I grew up in rural Virginia. I wanted to be a high school band director until I got a job mopping floors in the community hospital operating room, and was inspired to become a doctor. After being a chemistry major at James Madison University, I went to the Medical College of Virginia for medical school, then came to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) where I did an internal medicine residency and a geriatric medicine fellowship, which I completed in 1985. After stints as the first Medical Director for Providence ElderPlace and as the Regional Medical Director for Long Term Care for Providence, I came to Northwest Permanente's department of Geriatrics and Long Term Care in 1995.
About my practice
My practice is in Skilled Nursing Facilities, doing rehabilitation of people who have had illness, injury, surgery, and the like. Many conditions which can't be cured still need to be managed to maximize comfort, independence, and safety. Many patients and families need guidance about what are the next safe and prudent steps in their recovery, and what to expect.
How I thrive
My main form of exercise is walking. I use a special wristband to help measure my daily activity and whether I am meeting my personal goals. So far, my longest streak is meeting my goal 66 days in a row. I am a musician, playing upright bass in several small jazz ensembles. I am a photographer, and had the first solo show of my work in August of 2013. As the father of a child with special needs, I have been active at the local and state level to improve education for such children, serving on local advisory councils and on the Dispute Resolution Committee for Oregon's Department of Education.
Medical School ?
Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia
Medical Training ?
Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Oregon Health & Science University
Board Certification ?
American Board of Internal Medicine