I grew up in a small town in rural Virginia. I stayed in the South for college and medical school at the University of North Carolina, then made my way to New York for medical training at Columbia and Cornell universities. I met my amazing wife in the hospital cafeteria (she’s a nurse anesthetist), and we spent our first few years together in Brooklyn. Both of us always loved Portland — the beautiful outdoors, friendly people, and strong sense of community hooked us — so when a job at Kaiser Permanente Northwest opened, we jumped at the opportunity to move here. I’m happy to be a part of this medical group and hope that with my medical and surgical training I can make a positive impact in our city. As for where I’m from, you wouldn’t necessarily guess my Southern upbringing when meeting me, except that I’m quick to say “y’all,” and I love a good country ham biscuit.
About my practice
I am an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor) who specializes in head and neck cancer. Specifically, I am fellowship-trained to perform transoral robotic surgery (TORS), transoral laser microsurgery (TLM), and free tissue transfer (“free flaps”) in the removal and reconstruction of both benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck. I help guide my patients from their diagnosis of cancer to the most appropriate treatment option, whether that includes surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or some combination of those modalities. From there, my specific role is in the surgical management of these tumors, ideally through a minimally invasive approach, and the subsequent reconstruction of the surgical defect in a manner that emphasizes survival, functionality, and appearance. I then guide my patients through their postoperative period and ensure that everything goes well in the following years, which means monitoring for recurrence, making sure speech and swallowing function is optimized, and ensuring their appearance is the best it can be. I view my relationships with those patients I’m lucky enough to care for as lifelong bonds, and I enjoy getting to know their families as well.
How I thrive
My wife and I love traveling and the outdoors — whether that means hiking in Glacier National Park, learning to rock climb in New York, or getting lost in the souks of Marrakech. Music is also a huge component of my life. I’m a musician with long-lost dreams of becoming a jazz drummer, and I’ve recently begun relearning how to play the piano (my last lessons were in 1991, so it’s a work in progress). Exercise is important to me, both in body and spirit. I find running, hiking, and rock climbing peaceful and contemplative, and I love trying new sports whenever I can. I also find purpose through my academic work, which includes research relating to my clinical specialty of head and neck cancer, as well as work involving the intersection between medicine and politics.
Medical School ?
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Chapel Hill NC
Medical Training ?
Head and Neck, Microvascular, Reconstructive and Rehabili
University of Miami School of Medicine
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
New York NY
Board Certification ?
American Board of Otolaryngology