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I was born and raised in Northern California and most of my childhood memories revolve around my older brother and me playing some sort of sport. I come from at least four generations of brick masons dating back to 19th century Italy, and I learned the value of hard work and perseverance from working on construction sites with my father every summer from high school through medical school. From my mother, a school teacher, I learned the values of education and patience.
After attending medical school and completing my internship in California, it was easy to choose my specialty training (orthopedic surgery) and location (Hawaii). Orthopedic surgery offered me the opportunity to treat various forms of sports and non-sports related injury. Hawaii offered me an environment that emphasized outdoor activities. Though I returned to California to do a subspecialty fellowship in knee and ankle reconstructive surgery, my wife and I planned to come back to Hawaii to raise our family. Kaiser Permanente offered me that chance and joining the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group has been the best professional choice of my life. This group allows me to focus all of my efforts on helping people return to their active lives without worrying about the “business” of fee-for-service medicine. I am very fortunate to work with an entire group of amazing physicians who share that same goal. Over the course of my career, I have taken care of athletes ranging from little league players to ballroom dancers to seniors at a YMCA fitness class. I am the orthopedic team physician for the University of Hawaii football team and have been an Assistant Clinical Professor in Surgery at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine since 1994. I have served as chief of our Department of Orthopedic Surgery and am currently chief of surgery for the Hawaii region. I have been blessed to have such a rewarding career and I can truly say that I love what I do. I have also had the unique opportunity to be a member of Operation Kokua. This is a volunteer group of physicians who travel to Southeast Asia to perform surgery and help train local physicians. Since 2001 this group has made yearly missions to Laos, Nepal, Vietnam and Cambodia.
I am happy to say that sports still play a large part in my life outside of work. Whether I am watching or coaching my son and daughter in their sports or playing golf and skiing myself, I never can seem to get enough of the outdoor life. Even my wife is in the “family business,” and works as a TV sports broadcaster for local high school and college sports.