I grew up in Reisterstown, Maryland, which is located in northwest Baltimore County. I attended and graduated from Franklin High School, where I took part in track and was a member of the Honor Society. A little lacking in direction after high school, I worked at several jobs before finding a calling in medicine. I enrolled in the Physician Assistant program at Essex Community College, graduating in 1980. I then worked at Franklin Square Hospital and North Charles Hospital as a surgical PA for the next 15 months or so.
In the fall of 1981 I interviewed with and was hired by Geisinger Medical Center to work in the department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. In this new position, I did more than I could have ever dreamed of as a surgical Physician’s Assistant. Because the service had no residents, the PAs on the service were given an incredible amount of responsibility. We prepared the patients for surgery, assisted the surgeon in the operating room, and cared for the patients post-operatively, including in the ICU. We also performed procedures such as central venous line insertion and chest tube insertion.
While working at Geisinger I met my wife, Judy, and we married in 1990. After 10 years as a Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery PA, I decided to embark upon another adventure and began taking courses to prepare myself for medical school. I was accepted at Des Moines University (then known as the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences), and began my medical school studies in 1991.
I graduated medical school in 1995 and began a rotating internship at Memorial Hospital in York, Pennsylvania, planning on completing a residency in Family Practice. However, after doing a rotation in Pediatrics, I fell in love with this field and decided to instead pursue a residency that would allow me to care for children exclusively. I completed my residency in Pediatrics at Geisinger Medical Center and the newly constructed Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.
Because of an obligation to the Public Health Service, I was required to spend several years serving in a medically underserved area. I was able to accomplish this in Titusville, Pennsylvania, birthplace of the oil industry. My wife and I lived there for 5 years before returning to Danville and the campus of Geisinger Medical Center once again. I accepted a position as a Pediatric Hospitalist there and work in that capacity to this day.
After returning to Geisinger, I developed an great interest in international medical missions and was made the director for international rotations for the Pediatric residency. In this position I have had the opportunity to take part in medical missions to Honduras, Ukraine, Peru (Amazon and highlands), and China. I also traveled to Namibia to check into a rotation opportunity for our residents with one of my medical school friends.
International medicine has turned out to be one of my chief interests and certainly adds to the variety that I enjoy in my current position.