Associate Director, Phoenix Baptist FMRP
Clinical Professor, University of Arizona
Adjunct Professor, Midwestern University
Undergraduate School: UCLA, Los Angeles, California
Medical School: Georgetown University
Residency: University of Missouri-Columbia
Fellowship: Rural Medicine, Tacoma, Washington
Clinical Interests: Full Spectrum family Medicine, Procedures, Rural Medicine, Community-Oriented Primary Care
I grew up in Torrance, California and graduated magna cum laude from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in biology. I left California to pursue graduate work, earning my MPH at The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston. After graduation I worked for a year in the Epidemiology Research Unit at the SPH. I then continued my eastward migration to attend medical school at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
From high school and pre-med days, I have been interested in family medicine with its emphasis on broad-spectrum practice and long-term relationships with patients and their families. During the third year of my residency at the University of Missouri in Columbia, I served as chief resident. At University of Missouri I had the opportunity to have continuity practices in the academic environment of the tertiary medical center in Columbia (population 65,000 at the time) and in the small community of Fulton (population 10,000), with its 50-bed hospital.
I worked in private practice in Northern Virginia and Pennsylvania for three years following residency to gain “seasoning” as a clinician. I honed my clinical and teaching skills further by participating in the Rural Fellowship of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, and then I began my academic career at the ETSU Family Practice Residency in Kingsport. After three years in Kingsport, my wife, Terri, and I moved back to her native state of Missouri. There I was on faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia and served as the medical director of Callaway Physicians, the rural residency site in Fulton.
In 2005, Terri, an oncology nurse practitioner, accepted a position with the Mayo Hospital in Phoenix on their Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, so once again we pulled up stakes to move to another region of the country. For me, it was a return to the West, a very familiar part of the country.