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Welcome to My Doctor Online, a web site that my colleagues and I developed to make it easier for you to take care of your healthcare needs. On this site you will find answers to many of your questions about my clinical practice. Also included are several online features that will allow you to e-mail me, check your laboratory results and refill prescriptions. I hope you find its content informative and useful.
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I am a Board Certified specialist in Emergency Medicine.
It wasn't until I turned 25 while sailing across the Atlantic Ocean on a 40' sailboat that I decided to go into medicine. Having already completed my undergraduate degree in biology at UC San Diego, I returned to the U.S. and began working as an EMT with an ambulance crew before entering medical school at the University of Illinois. Although I considered a career in Obstetrics/Gynecology, I chose Emergency Medicine because of the wide breadth of patients and medical problems confronted on a daily basis in the Emergency Department. I enjoy the challenge and the opportunity to intervene when it matters most. I completed my specialty training at UC Davis in Sacramento in July 1998 and came directly to Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa to join the staff here. I choose Kaiser Permanente because of the integrated health care program and the opportunity to practice medicine under the direction of physicians rather than an insurance company.
While I very much enjoy the practice of clinical medicine, I have also had multiple opportunities to participate in administrative and community projects. I have been Chief of the Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa ED since 2001. I am on the American Red Cross Board of Directors and serve on a number of county/community committees, mostly related to emergency medical services and disaster care. I have an interest in Disaster and Rescue medicine and in 2005 I had the opportunity to travel to Sri Lanka to assist with the Permanente Medical Group's relief efforts following the Tsunami Disaster and also traveled to Baton Rouge, Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina.
Although I was born in New York City, I grew up in Marin County, California, and I have lived in many places across the country - New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Illinois, Southern California, and Northern California. In 2006 we lived and worked for 6 month in New Zealand. My wife, Claire, is from England, but grew up in Northern California, and all her family is nearby. While I always have a bit of wanderlust, she feels quite tied to California. She told me we could live anywhere I want, so long as it was within 100 miles of San Francisco, so we're pretty well settled in Santa Rosa, even if we do quite a bit of exploring!
Outside of work I enjoy playing golf, snow and water-skiing, and triathlon racing. In 2007 I competed in and finished my first Ironman Triathlon in Coeur D'Alene Idaho and completed a 2nd in May of 2010. I’m also a huge SF Giants fan and my kids and I go to quite a few games every year.
Before entering medical school, I decided to get a feel for medicine by working on an ambulance as an EMT. With that background I was drawn to Emergency Medicine. I have always enjoyed being on the front line, and with my training and experience in Emergency Medicine, I feel well prepared to work and help in many different areas including travel medicine (Lindblad Expeditions), volunteer situations (high school football 'team doctor', free clinics) and disaster relief (Sri Lanka following the tsunami Haiti following the earthquake, and Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina).
|Medical Education||University of Illinois College of Medicine, |
|Internship||UC Davis Medical Center, |
|Residency||UC Davis Medical Center, |
|Board Certification||Emergency Medicine, |
American Board of Emergency Medicine
|Hospital Admitting Privileges||Manteca Medical Offices|
Modesto Medical Offices
Santa Rosa Medical Center
State of Issue
Doctor of Medicine
|Accepting New Patients||Accepting new patients, referral may be required|
Interpreters are available upon request. Learn more at the Interpreter Services Information page
|National Provider Identifier||1508945643|
|Plan Affiliation||Providers listed on the Kaiser Permanente Provider Directory are available to most members.|