The "family values" with which I was raised include practicing kindness, compassion, diligence, and a commitment to doing the right thing. A career in medicine allows me to live these values on a daily basis. After growing up in Wisconsin, I attended medical school at Duke in North Carolina and remain an avid Duke basketball fan. I did my residency and fellowship training in San Francisco. I really like the West Coast for its beauty and diversity, and ended up at Kaiser Permanente in Portland because I believe in the integrated and comprehensive approach to care for which Kaiser Permanente stands. My wife and I love Portland, and have found it be a great place to have fun as adults and to raise kids.
My clinical practice focuses on the care of patients hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit with very severe illness and in patients hospitalized with lung conditions. I am the Medical Director of the ICU at Kaiser Sunnyside. In the Sunnyside ICU, we have put together an outstanding team of talented physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dieticians, and social workers of which I am very proud. We are dedicated to providing coordinated team-oriented care which is based on the latest scientific evidence but also takes into account the circumstances, values, and beliefs of individual patients. Put simply, our goal is provide the kind of care that we would want for ourselves or our loved ones. I do not currently see patients who are not in the hospital.
I try to exercise regularly, eat well, and enjoy my wonderful family. We love to travel, play, and learn together. As a family, we volunteer at church and in the community on projects to promote justice, dignity, and reconciliation.