Born and raised in San Diego, California, I have lived on both coasts and feel at home in the Pacific Northwest. I came to medicine a little late, after studying Latin and Greek at the University of Pennsylvania. Seeing my parents' experience as both my grandmothers passed away rekindled in me an interest in medicine and the service it can provide. Neurosurgery allows me to channel my interest in humanity into medical practice. Our nervous system translates a sea of electrical impulses into our very thoughts and actions and caring for those delicate structures provides me a deep and abiding fulfillment.
About my practice
As a neurosurgeon, I treat a variety of brain and spine conditions. Two things I like about working at Kaiser Permanente are our comprehensive mandate and the wide range of conditions our members face. Whether it be traumatic injuries, tumors, or even degenerative conditions that compromise a patient's quality of life, my colleagues and I do all we can to provide high quality care in a timely, appropriate fashion.
How I thrive
I am the father of three young children. Raising children seems to me a lot like practicing medicine. It means caring for others before yourself, planning for misfortune while hoping for success, and enjoying others' success as much as, if not more than, your own.