I am originally from Port Jefferson, NY (Long Island) and I currently live in Cazenovia, NY, a small lake town outside of Syracuse.
I attended New York University for undergraduate where I studied political science before going to medical school in Syracuse at SUNY Upstate Medical University. I then went on to Brown University for my internship and orthopedic surgery residency. I stayed at Brown for one year to complete an orthopedic surgery trauma fellowship and then spent one year at the University of Utah for my spine fellowship under Darrel Brodke, Mike Daubs and Alpesh Patel. I am currently at Yale School of Management in the Executive MBA program with an expected graduation of May 2017.
I am an orthopedic spine surgeon in a mixed private/academic practice. My practice encompasses all areas of spine surgery including degenerative, deformity, traumatic and oncologic conditions. I would say my practice is slightly weighted toward cervical spine conditions but I certainly care for all regions of the spine.
I’ve been a member since residency. I joined for greater engagement with the spine care community.
I believe we need to be become more proactive as a spine care community in how we respond to changes in the payment models and measures of performance. Taking an active role to implement outcome measurement, reduce variability of care through collaboration and evidence-based initiatives, and create partnerships among the many channels where patients access care, will allow us to adapt to the changes on the way.
Practice your craft, every day. I am a big believer in deliberate practice. Once you get into a good pattern, add another layer, then another. Eventually you can handle quite a lot. But at first, practice your craft and make your patient care paramount!
Yes. At first just exposure is important, and you need to understand the language and the variety of issues. Early engagement will allow you to become more nuanced over time. Health care policy is quite complex and is constantly changing. Small incremental doses at first will help build confidence over time so that you can become more engaged.
For connection to other members and to continue to expand the experience and discussion among spine care providers.
It is mixed. What is more important is that we as spine care providers become more engaged in the process so that we drive the discussion and its content. If not, others disseminate information that may not represent the entire story.
I enjoy running, skiing and sculling. Time with my wife (who is an Ob/GYN) and four children is my favorite thing to do. They keep me busy!