Where did you grow up?
Pelham, NH (about 30 miles north of Boston)
Why did you become a doctor and why did you choose your specialty?
Growing up I always wanted to become a doctor for as long as I can remember. I chose Pediatric Hematology/Oncology after an experience I had at Tufts University School of Medicine. I was involved with the KICS (Kids in Chemotherapy Support) program where I was a “big brother” to a 5-year-old named Ben who had medulloblastoma. I was with him for 4 years through his cancer treatment. I would read to him through his MRIs so he didn’t have to be sedated.
How long have you practiced in the Washington, DC area and what do you like most about it?
I have been in DC since 2010 and for a period from 2003 to 2008. I spent the last 10 years at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and recently retired from active duty in the USAF. I like DC for it’s culture, restaurants and proximity to beaches and mountains as well as having 3 airports nearby for travel.
What do you most enjoy doing outside of your clinical practice, when you’re not working?
Spending time with family and friends both in DC and in Rehoboth Beach, DE., travel, and maintaining personal physical fitness.
Do you volunteer? If so, where?
I volunteer at The American Academy of Pediatrics – doing advocacy work for children’s health. I have held several leadership positions in the organization including the President of the Uniformed Services East Chapter and Chair for the National Nominating Committee.
Describe your proudest accomplishment as a provider and/or in your personal life:
My proudest accomplishments including reconnecting with patients who I have cared for years after they have finished their cancer treatments and seeing what they have achieved including becoming physicians or nurses themselves. Proudest accomplishment being awarded the Outstanding Service Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics Uniformed Services Section for a career of dedication to military pediatrics and improving healthcare for military children.
If you weren’t a doctor, what profession would you most likely be doing and why?
Most likely a teacher – enjoy personal interactions and teaching.