I was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Long Island and New Jersey. The U.S. Army awarded me a health professions scholarship, and I earned my medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. After doing a general surgery residency at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, where I was chief resident, I served as a general surgeon in the Army. In this capacity, I travelled to places I never thought I’d see, from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, to Iraq, to Afghanistan, and finally to beautiful Hawaii, which I’m now happy to call my home.
I wanted to practice medicine because it combined my desire to make a difference in people’s lives with a passion for science and anatomy. I chose to become a surgeon because surgical procedures can produce tangible results almost immediately. I’m a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. My original research on the relationship between red blood cell production and the hormone norepinephrine was published in the Journal of Surgical Research, and I presented my findings to the Surgical Infection Society and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. To stay up-to-date in medicine, I read professional journals, such as the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and the Annals of Surgical Oncology. Attending medical meetings and conferences also provides networking opportunities with others in my field, so we can exchange ideas and information. Everyone I’ve met at the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group (HPMG) seems very happy to have made the decision to join this ohana. In addition, HPMG’s mission to provide high-quality care and exceptional service to patients matches my own goals. I strive to provide honest and compassionate care. I like getting to know my patients as individual people, and I think it’s important to treat the person as a whole, not just the disease.
Outside of work, I rebalance by exercising and listening to music. I enjoy spending time with my loved ones – whether at home, at a favorite new restaurant, or outside exploring our beautiful island.