Director of Behavioral Sciences
Associate Director, Phoenix Baptist FMRP
Undergraduate School: St. Francis College
Graduate School: Duquesne University, St. John
Clinical Interests: Medical Ethics, Patient-physician dynamics, Research, Complementary Medicine
My long and winding career road started in Pennsylvania where I was a high-school teacher and formative counselor. I was then Clinical Manager of Outpatient Substance Abuse counseling in Florida, after which I worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For them I executed research grants investigating Community Behavior Change in the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Texas. I also worked at the Behavioral Science faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
The Phoenix Baptist Hospital Family Medicine Residency program is the perfect career spot for me since my family vacationed in Arizona for years before we moved here. My wife, Elaine, is a neuro developmental pediatrician working at a number of Valley hospitals, including Phoenix Children Hospital. Our children, Byron and Kelly, were born and raised in Medellin, Colombia until they were adopted in 1997. Byron is a Ranger in the U. S. Army and Kelly is married and has a son, Skylar.
One of the most fulfilling aspects of being a behavioral science faculty is the opportunity to be a resident advocate in many different settings — there is nothing quite like this joy in my career!