Why I chose to pursue a career in medicine:
My interest in medicine started at a young age because of my father. He co-founded a successful practice in Michigan as a specialist in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. He worked tirelessly for the well-being of his patients, who held him in high esteem for his caring demeanor. As an exemplary role model who I wanted to emulate, my father spurred my interest in medicine. I find helping those in pain to be very rewarding. The WellSpan organization provides the ideal setting and culture in which I can provide services to improve the quality of life for others.
What I want my patients to know about me:
Prior to starting my residency, I served in the U.S. Army, which included a deployment to Iraq. I was the Battalion Surgeon for an infantry regiment. Our battalion suffered the highest casualty rate in the brigade. My superiors awarded me the Bronze Star Medal for my efforts. It was a humbling experience treating those in pain within our small aid station. Managing pain issues were a constant during my deployment and at other duty stations. Through this exposure, my passion for pain management developed. Prior to joining WellSpan, I worked in a large and busy pain management private practice.
What I do when I'm not seeing patients:
I enjoy spending time with my wife, son and daughter. When not involved in family activities, I exercise regularly because I must practice what I preach to my patients. Finally, I am a devoted fan of all Detroit sport teams, including my beloved Lions who always find new ways to make me put my arms up in disbelief. At this point, all I want from the Lions is one playoff win.