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I was born and raised in Upstate New York. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Middlebury College in Vermont, I attended New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. Much of my early clinical training was spent working with AIDS patients at the beginning of the epidemic. My internship and residency were done at the Miriam Hospital, a Brown University program in Providence, Rhode Island.
I am board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. I started my career working with migrant grove pickers and Haitian refugees in Fort Pierce, Florida. While serving as a board member of a United Way agency that created and coordinated programs for HIV and AIDS, I continued to work with people with HIV. Following this I worked in an inner city public health clinic in Syracuse, provided care in rural Illinois, and worked with a large multispecialty group in New Orleans that was patterned on the Kaiser Permanente model.I returned to indigent care delivery at a San Francisco public hospital, where I also held several administrative positions. I was chair of the utilization committee, chief of medicine, a medical executive member, assistant medical director, and hospital executive. I later shared medical director responsibilities in the building of an 800-million-dollar replacement hospital. At that point I wanted to get back to the hands-on practice of medicine, and I was fortunate to find a position in hospital medicine at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. Two years later I returned to San Francisco to assist in the opening of the new hospital. After three years I knew I should have stayed in Hawaii, where I was able to practice with a great group of nurses and physicians at the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group. I returned to Hawaii, and here I have stayed, enjoying working with patients full time in a hospital-based setting.