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Mi especialidad: Anesthesiology
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From eleven-years old, when I had a right-leg bone tumor removed, I wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon. Born in Detroit. Michigan, and educated there at Wayne State University School of Medicine, I then sought the sun and mountains in California. After a pediatric internship at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, I practiced emergency medicine for eight years at 2,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where I met my wife and our two daughters were born. In 1985 we left for a residency in anesthesia, and fellowship in pain medicine, at the University of Texas Health Science Center, in Houston, followed by a fellowship in cardiac anesthesia at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia. I began work in 1989 for Northwest Permanente Medical Group as a member of the department of anesthesia at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center (KSMC).
My clinical practice of anesthesia included practicing the sub-specialty of pain medicine, and I served as department chief. Later during my nine years as Assistant Regional Medical Director I conducted relationship research with physicians with the highest patient satisfaction. Results, published as abstracts and papers, are being used in physician continuing medical education. I am the founding editor-in-chief of The Permanente Journal, the national medical science journal of Kaiser Permanente that is circulated in print quarterly to 25,000, and was accessed in 2011 by 710,000 unique web readers from 164 countries. To continue my medical educator role I sponsor Narrative Medicine writing workshops for doctors and nurses, and publish their "Quick Writes."
As a way to continue my earlier forest-canyon mountain life, I walk daily the Reed College Wetlands path around the lake formed at the headwaters of Crystal Springs. Along the walking path I observe nature, muse, write poems, and occasionally stop and "be a tree" participating in the beauty and experience of natural life. It was in the mountains that I founded Peninhand Press in 1977, in Volcano, California, and founded the volcano review, a literary and arts small press journal, for which we received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in literature. We published 'short stories, All Stories, All Kinds; California oral history' The Argonaut Mine Disaster; and poetry books the volcano review 1-6, Peninhand; and after joining Northwest Permanente, then published Falstaff Medical Poetry I and II, and Notes of a Cornerman. My published medical writing includes a poem, "Dying Distant," in the New England Journal of Medicine, a story, "Bring the Bottles," in the book Emergency Room: Lives Saved and Lost: Doctors Tell Their Stories, and a story, "The Soothing Sound of Water," in the e-journal Hospital Drive.