Why I chose to pursue a career in medicine:
When I was in the first grade, my father told our family that he was dying. He wanted us to know why it was that he would be going to see doctors and nurses so much. He would be in and out of hospitals and explained that he wasn't sure how long he would live. I did not realize that our family's journey over the next 10 years would have such an influence on me, but it did. I am glad my father lived longer than expected and grateful for the many people who took care of him and us along the way. Wanting to care for patients and their loved ones who journey with them is why I became a doctor.
What I want my patients to know about me:
I am a husband and a father. My wife and I have six children and (currently) seven grandchildren. They have sacrificed a great deal to support me in being a physician. I think our family is much like most any other with our ups and downs and our quirkiness. In our families, we have trials and struggles that stretch and stress us. We are all alike in this. What I hope patients see and feel about me is that I am like them. As a physician, my job is to care for my patients and their loved ones and I try to do this as if they were one of my family because, in a very real way, we are all family.
What I do when I'm not seeing patients:
I am involved in community services that address those who suffer with addiction. My wife and I serve as group leaders for addiction recovery meetings. We have the wonderful experience of assisting in the recovery of men and women who suffer from addictions. These men and women show such courage and honesty in their recovery. My wife and I feel very blessed and honored to work with them. I love to be outdoors almost anytime in any weather. I love doing genealogy and have family roots in southcentral PA going back to the 1700s. For some of my patients, we are (extended) family.