Why I chose to pursue a career in medicine:
As a youngster, my grandmother was the first person who suggested that I should consider being a doctor. But, as a youngster, I could not stand the smells of medicines or hospitals. Eventually, I outgrew these aversions. In college, I was most interested in biology; by the end of college, I considered medicine or theology. Once I had a choice, I felt my gifts were more in keeping with pursuing medicine. While in medical school, my wife realized I would likely go into surgery, because I came home excited after spending time in the operating room.
What I want my patients to know about me:
My missionary parents took me as a 1-year-old to Haiti, where I spent my childhood, returning to the U.S. in 10th grade. I embarked on a career in medicine with the intent to work in a mission hospital. My wife and I, and our three young children, returned to Haiti in 1982 and served at a small mission hospital for six years. In 1988, we resettled in Lancaster County, my mother's home and where I had been born (Ephrata Hospital). We have enjoyed having some family roots. It has been a pleasure working with excellent colleagues while caring for so many wonderful patients.
What I do when I'm not seeing patients:
Our family loved traveling together to many interesting sites while our children were still with us at home. Now, my wife and I have the most pleasure visiting our married children and our nine grandchildren. I also take a yearly small medical team back to the hospital in Haiti to provide encouragement and assistance. In my spare time, I actually enjoy some yard work.