Welcome to my Web page. I am happy to have this chance to introduce myself to you and tell you my practice and myself.
I was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After graduating from medical school, I worked in the rural part of Ethiopia as a general practitioner, which is equivalent to a family physician here in the United States. Those two years of my life were rewarding and taught me a lot about humility and compassion for the sick. In 1999, I came to the States and began my graduate training. I then went to Cleveland to do a fellowship in geriatrics medicine. This part of my training gave me an added perspective in dealing with the social, medical, and end-of-life issues of critically sick elderly patients. In 2003, I retuned to New York to pursue subspecialty training in pulmonary medicine at New York Methodist Hospital, followed by a critical care fellowship at the world-renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
My career as a physician has provided me with a special opportunity to help people in a meaningful way. I believe in making a difference in people’s lives. I make sure that I have listened to my patients’ concerns and problems. I take pride in caring for my patients as I would care for any of my family. I consider myself fortunate to work at Kaiser Permanente, where it’s my goal to treat members with compassion, empathy, and high-quality care. I am actively involved in the teaching of medical and family medicine residents.
I spend most of my time with my wife and our three sons. During my spare time, I enjoy running and playing soccer. I’m also involved in various activities related to medical missions in developing countries. During my trips to Ethiopia, I help provide advanced training in pulmonary medicine at one of the medical universities there.