I had a varied experience as a physician before coming to the University of Nevada. After I completed my Transitional Internship in NYC I took a position as a full-time emergency department physician in a busy hospital in upstate New York. After working there for approximately a year and a half took a break and with an extended trip to Asia. I started it by working on the island of Saipan for three months and then traveled throughout Southeast Asia for the next six months. One of the most rewarding aspects of my travels was arranging an informal "school" where I taught rural medics in the Mon controlled region of Burma.
Upon returning to upstate New York, I resumed my Emergency Medicine practice part-time and also worked in a local, very rural, general practice office. It was great but I knew I want to complete a residency and traveled to Redding, CA for two years of family medicine training. After residency I worked for three months in a rural clinic on the rainy side of the Big Island of Hawaii and then spent six months as the doc at a Sierra ski resort. (I joke that was a tough year!)
Following my stint at the ski area, I was ready for a "real job" and was very fortunate to join the faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno, Family and Community Medicine in 1992. In addition to teaching students and residents in the Family Medicine Center and during hospital round, I also teach the first and second year courses. I have been the course or block director for multiple courses including developing a longitudinal curriculum on Clinical Decision Making. Lastly, I've been incredibly lucky to be able to meld my passion for medicine, education and being outside into a focus on wilderness medicine.
I was born in New York State where I spent the first 18 years of my life. i left the Empire State for Charlottesville, Virginia to attend college and then medical school. In addition to my studies, he took up boxing, twice qualifying for the national finals tournament. While in Redding i met Dina, who I convinced to marry me after only seven years. We now have three wonderful boys, Darius, Treyson and Bridger (and two huskies, Rocky and Lobo). My passions outside of work include my wonderful family, skiing, mountain biking, whitewater kayaking and rafting, and just about anything outdoors - especially when I can do it with my family.
- Medical School: University of Virginia
- Undergraduate: University of Virginia
- Residency: Mercy Medical Center Redding (Family Medicine)