I was born, raised and trained in New York City and received my physician assistant’s training at Cornell University Medical College. For the next 18 years, I worked in Northern California for a private practice group in cardiothoracic surgery. This allowed me to become a pioneer in endoscopic vein harvesting, which involves removing the leg vein through a tiny one-inch incision for bypass surgery. I was then recruited to join the Kaiser Permanente team. Learning is a lifelong process. My father started a new career after retirement. This taught me that it's never too late to make a difference.
From the time I was an emergency medical technician (EMT) for a college ambulance corps, I've always wanted to help people get better. I find my specialty of cardiothoracic surgery particularly satisfying. Heart surgery patients can be some of the sickest patients and present some of the biggest challenges in their care, but it is also very satisfying when they get better. Caring for the patient to the best of my ability is at the core of my philosophy of care. I like to explain the "what," "why," and "how" of members’ care and treatment in clear and simple terms. I completed a postgraduate surgical physician assistant residency in general surgery and surgical subspecialties. I am a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and co-liaison to the American College of Surgeons. I serve as Director-at-Large for the American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants, and Western Regional Director of the Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery. I am the conference program chairman for both organizations, and a consultant in research and development of endoscopic vein harvesting.
I enjoy spending quality time with my wife and planning our next adventures, promoting my profession, taking scenic walks, eating healthy, and practicing meditation and Chi Kung (a cross between Yoga and Tai Chi). I’m a devoted Star Wars and Star Trek fan, and love to immerse myself in contemplating the cosmos. On weekends, you can often find me sitting by the ocean, stargazing, or tasting multi-cultural foods—in short, absorbing the beauty of Hawaii.