Welcome to my Web page. I made the perfect decision when I joined Kaiser Permanente, leaving behind a full-time faculty position at UCLA. I appreciate that I can focus on taking care of my patients, knowing that I can easily arrange for the tests, medicines or appointments that they need. As new features are rolled out on this Web page, I look forward to being able to provide links to health education materials, helping you get the best information to assist in caring for your children.
I am a third-generation native Californian, and I grew up in the wonderfully multicultural community of San Pedro. I loved math and science classes in high school and entered UCLA as a zoology major, proudly the first person in my extended family to have the opportunity to attend college. I thought of a career in medicine from early on, and my plans gelled when I worked two summers in the outpatient department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. I fell in love with the thought of a career caring for children. I am an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at UCLA, where I teach medical students and residents -- the young physicians of tomorrow.
If a child has a stomach, intestinal or liver problem, the child's personal physician refers him or her to me. My staff calls the family and arranges an initial consultation appointment in the office. I encourage parents and caregivers most familiar with the child to attend that initial visit where we together decide what further tests or treatment might be most beneficial.
Family vacations, regular exercise, walking along the beach, kayaking, good food, music, reading, and following UCLA sports complement the enjoyment my medical practice brings to me.