I’m from the East Coast, and after attending Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, my wife and I were determined to live where humidity was low and the sun shines! Thirty years later, we’re still thrilled with our choice to move to Colorado and now our two children can proclaim to be native Coloradans.
I chose to practice emergency medicine because it’s where I thought I could make the most difference to people. The Emergency Department is often a place of crisis, where people are at their sickest and most vulnerable. I enjoy the challenges of caring for the full spectrum of acute illness and making a difference in people’s lives. I also think it’s critical to involve patients in their own care to the extent that is possible. I can give my opinion and estimate the potential risk and benefit of various tests, procedures, and hospitalization, but it’s important to work with each patient’s values and goals to individualize care. So often in medicine, less is more. Our bodies have a great capacity to heal themselves, and often times the best thing a doctor can do is to get out of the way. In practical terms, though, this means avoiding unnecessary tests and procedures that have the capacity to harm people.
I thrive by staying active. I lecture nationally and am involved in many clinical projects at Saint Joseph Hospital to help me and my colleagues deliver the best care possible to our patients. I stay active physically—I swim, weight lift, bike to work, and do other exercises to keep my body healthy and lower stress. I stay active with my family. My wife and I have been together since we started dating in 1981. We have two great kids (now verging on adults), and are so proud of the young men they have become. We also have two dogs and three cats.