Welcome to my Web page. I hope you’ll find the information here useful. I think the Department of Urological Surgery at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center is outstanding, with caring and highly skilled surgeons and nurses. Our support staff works very hard to ensure your comfort, safety, and privacy. From a variety of backgrounds, our staff is able to communicate fluently in English, Spanish, Farsi, Tagalog, German, Italian, and other languages. The department reflects both the diversity and richness of Los Angeles and California. You are welcome here!
I was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. My father was a pediatrician, and my mother was a nurse. They both served with distinction and honor during World War II—my father in the Navy in the South Pacific and my mother in the Army in the European theater. They were both role models. Additionally, my sister became an obstetrician/gynecologist. Her husband is also a physician. My wife is a physician. As you can see, it runs in the family! My wife and I are blessed to have two healthy and active sons. Neither has expressed interest in medicine yet, but you never know!
I began my surgical practice in 1985, and I’ve been at Kaiser Permanente in West Los Angeles for about 25 years now. I believe that people receive the best care in an environment of open communication. Your care is dependent on the work of many people, not just your surgeon. It’s a privilege to work with so many committed, caring people. We have developed our urology program to the point where virtually all services are provided here at our medical center—there is very little need to go elsewhere. We encourage you to gather whatever information you may need, however, to make informed decisions about your health.
We all approach the world in our own ways. What works for one person may not work for another. For me, it’s always been very important to stay engaged with the world. Don’t complain—act! You can take charge of your health. Eat better, exercise, lose weight, and don’t smoke. You’ll live longer and feel better. Change your communities! Stay involved! The work of one person matters greatly and contributes to positive change. I try to live this way, and encourage all of you to try as well. Perhaps one day we’ll see the time when all our citizens have access to fundamental, quality health care.