I grew up in Brooklyn, and spent 12 years of college and medical training in the Midwest, before finally moving to the West Coast. I live in Portland with my wife and 2 sons. We enjoy travel, theater, live music, and just about all sports. I chose medicine because of the combination of art and science, people skills, and medical investigation, and I chose pediatrics simply because I enjoy kids—in medical school I looked forward to my pediatric rotations much more than those in other areas of medicine.
I enjoy practicing with Kaiser Permanente, where I've worked for more than 15 years. I like seeing and helping kids grow from infants to teenagers and consulting with their parents and families. Continuity of care is important to me, so I make my best effort to see my members, especially for health-maintenance visits and severe issues. In my role as a consultant, I present information as clearly as I can and often offer suggestions, but ultimately I accept the parents' right to decide what is best for their children. Outside of the office I attend delivery-room resuscitations and see newborns in the hospital. I also do “extra” work in the areas of computer-related clinical tools and quality.
In addition to bicycling and being active, I enjoy being involved in my sons' activities—volunteering at their schools and coaching sports. I try to get out to hear live music and am especially interested in the local music scene.