Kaiser Permanente physician
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I’m a California transplant—originally from the old steel country of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—and yes, I am a Steelers fan. I’ve wanted to be a physician for as long as I can remember—easily going back to my grade school days. I’ve just always been intrigued by various aspects of the medical care system, including the constant challenges it poses as we try to help people in need. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn and train in great city locales. I enjoyed Pittsburgh while learning about chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University. Later, the Midwest captured my attention—first, when I attended the University of Michigan for medical school, and later during my urology residency at Ohio State University. Good weather, and a wife who knows best, led me to Southern California, where we’ve enjoyed raising our four girls. Joining Kaiser Permanente in 1991 was easily the wisest career decision I’ve ever made. I’m a full-time general urologist who has practiced for more than 22 years at the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center. I’ve had the opportunity to serve in various positions during that time—medical staff president, chair of the operating room committee, and chief of service for our Urology Department. I welcome your comments and suggestions as we strive to provide courteous and high-quality medical care as part of what, I believe, is the best health care delivery system in the nation.
My practice in urology is diverse. Treatment of stone disease, genitourinary cancers, and voiding disorders represent the vast majority of my cases. In Fontana, I feel very fortunate to be a part of a large urology department—we have 13 physicians! This allows us to collaborate and stay current with the ever-changing dynamics of our surgical specialty. I was drawn to urology because I enjoy surgery and the challenges of this particular field—it’s always been a special blend of medicine and procedural interventions. It also represents a specialty where member communication and compassion are essential, as we often deal with very private and personal health concerns.
I try to keep a balanced perspective on life by recognizing how many blessings I have and what’s truly important to me—my family, my mental well-being, and my health. I admit that I’m also a bit of a sports junkie, with a fondness for basketball (go Lakers!), tennis, and football (come on Steel Curtain!).