Kaiser Permanente physician
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Hello, and welcome to my Web page. It's a pleasure to have this opportunity to introduce myself to you and tell you a little about me and my practice. I feel very fortunate to be practicing ophthalmology at Kaiser Permanente. The freedom to provide medical care as I feel is in the best interest of my patients without requiring any authorization or paperwork from an insurance company is a hallmark of Kaiser Permanente medicine and is something that I don't take for granted. This freedom allows me to focus on what is important, my patients and not be concerned about the business of medicine.
Even as a child, I had always been fascinated with the life sciences. This led me to earn an undergraduate degree in biology from UCLA and, four years later, a medical degree from Northwestern University. At first, I could not decide what specialty to enter as many areas interested me. I ultimately chose ophthalmology after I had an opportunity to spend time with more senior physicians in this field. The combination of being in a specialty that has diagnostic challenges but also allows me to do hands on treatment with surgery was very appealing to me. The ability to be able to improve the quality of life for people I care for every day is something I value and appreciate. The personal satisfaction that this brings is immeasurable.
I joined Kaiser Permanente in 1984 after completing my ophthalmology training at the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute. I primarily perform cataract surgery, however I also treat many other eye diseases, both medically and surgically. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to help many thousands of members with cataracts improve their vision. In addition to my medical practice, I have had a number of administrative positions over the course of my career. I was the chief of the ophthalmology department for 12 years, served on the board of directors of the San Diego County Eye Society, and subsequently was chosen in a senior leadership position overseeing the Kaiser Permanente surgical departments in San Diego as an assistant area medical director for almost ten years. I now practice full time as a clinician.
When I'm not working, I really enjoy being outdoors. Skiing, hiking, biking, and kayaking are high on the list of things I like to do. I can't think of a nicer way to spend a day than hiking to the top of a mountain with my wife, eating a lunch of bread and cheese, and then heading back down for a meal at a gourmet restaurant.