Born in Johannesburg, South Africa and raised in El Paso, Texas. I currently live in Denver, Colorado with my wife and three kids.
UCLA for undergraduate, University of Texas, Southwestern for Medical School, UCLA for Orthopedic Residency and fellowship with Henry Bohlman, MD, at University Hospitals in Cleveland.
It's mostly an adult degenerative practice with specific research interests in stem cell therapies and motion preserving technology in the cervical spine. Strong surgical focus on complex cervical spine reconstruction and deformity correction.
Fourteen years. My partner, David Wong, Past President of NASS, has been a strong influence on my involvement with the organization. It is the best way to keep apprised of the latest medical evidence influencing our practices as well as the political, industry and practice management opportunities and challenges that are shaping our careers. I have enjoyed being active on multiple committees and I feel that it is our responsibility as physician leaders to contribute to the advancement of our specialty.
This question is where kudos and praise have to be given both to the NASS staff and the organization of the committees. Without the amazing organization from the top down, this project would not have gotten off the ground. A special thanks to my co-chair, Charles Cho, MD, who has been a partner and leader throughout this process.
I’m looking forward to the social interaction the meeting provides. In this busy time, we are pulled in many different directions. NASS provides the time to personally connect with friends and colleagues.
We do have a Facebook page that we like to share spine news as well as practice information.
The health care ‘industry’ is a hot topic currently. Every individual, whether they are involved in health care directly or not, is affected by the current changes and trends within health care. The media, for the most part, does not understand health care. They understand a small section and tend to sensationalize that segment rather than try to understand the enormity of the problem or the difficulty in the solutions.
Relaxation and down time are tantamount to being a happy physician and maintaining a life balance. I take every Friday off and promise myself to not let my practice draw me in on those days. Those days give me time to ski, cycle and fish, like most Coloradoans, and I’m the happiest when I get to do those activities with my kids, my wife and my friends.