Welcome to my Web page. I’m happy to have this chance to introduce myself to you and tell you about my work at Kaiser Permanente. I’m a family medicine physician and have practiced medicine with Kaiser Permanente since 1985. In addition to practicing medicine, I’ve been fortunate to also serve as an administrator who is working to make our organization the best health care delivery system in the country.
I grew up in the Seattle area, moved to the East Coast to attend Brown University, and then came to California for medical school and my residency at UC San Diego. When I started college, I thought I was going to be a mathematician (believe it or not), then a psychologist, and finally decided to go into medicine. I like family medicine because of the great variety of issues that my members bring to me. I feel that I can help people in a variety of ways, looking at the whole person, not just the physical problems. I've recently become interested (and board-certified) in integrative medicine, which really focuses on the whole-person approach to health care. There is more to achieving good health than can be found in a pharmaceutical bottle.
What I enjoy most about my work is developing long-term relationships with my members. When I see my members, it's like a visit from a friend. And while my administrative responsibilities take me out of the office about half of the time, I do my best to meet my members’ needs through the use of email and telephone appointments. When I'm not in the office, I have great colleagues on my health care team who meet my members’ needs. Providing high-quality care and service is at the center of our work lives.
When I’m not working, I devote my time to my family. I have six—yes, six!—children. Life is filled with school activities and my youngest son's budding tennis career. I run and play tennis regularly to keep myself in shape—mentally and physically. I enjoy reading, and fancy myself becoming a writer someday. I love being in nature, and our family trips usually involve visiting national parks. My wife and I also enjoy attending concerts, plays, and films.