Kaiser Permanente physician
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Welcome to my Web page. As a hospitalist, I am a board-certified internist who has chosen to practice solely in the hospital setting, caring for hospitalized members from the time they are admitted to the time they are discharged from the hospital. I am your advocate while you are here, coordinating your care with specialists, pharmacists, nutritionists, physical therapists, and social workers.
Though I was born in New York, I consider myself a native Southern Californian, having moved here at the age of three. After graduating from UCLA for college, I decided to move back to New York for medical school. On the East Coast, having actual seasons was a new and enjoyable experience for me. However, scraping ice off my windshield in the dead of winter quickly lost its appeal, so I decided it was time to head back to California after graduation. I completed my residency training in the Bay Area, and while residency is always a busy time, I did have enough time to meet my future wife there. Fortunately, she's from Southern California, too, so after residency we decided to come back to this region, and we've been here ever since. We've been happily married since 2007, and are now busy raising our two young boys.
Every day, I see all of my members at their bedside and am in constant communication with their family members. I spend most of my time behind the scenes, reviewing lab data, X-rays, nursing records, and specialists' recommendations. I handle emergencies, such as cardiac resuscitation, and I treat and manage very ill members. Medicine is about not only treating sickness, but also improving the human condition. At no time can this be seen more clearly than when national disasters strike. Wherever there's a need, I want to help. After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit, I headed to Louisiana as part of a medical disaster relief team, offering whatever aid I could to those who had lost so much.
Since my children were born, I realized I wasn’t getting any younger. Since 2011 I've been regularly doing barbell strength training: deadlifts, squats, bench press, military press, snatches, and chin-ups. I've proved to myself that it's never too late to be in the best shape of your life, and I want to make sure I'm always to keep up with my boys as they grow up, as well as to stay in good physical shape and injury-free well into my advanced years.