Discovering the secrets of the body and using this knowledge to heal the patient invokes a certain mysticism and personal connection that is rarely found in our world today. I remain as enamored with medicine today as I was a child dreaming of it over 30 years ago.
What brought you to Charlottesville?
Everything! UVA is a top-tier academic institution with a strategic vision that permeates and faculty who care deeply for one another. Charlottesville offers a rich cultural foundation with social growth and awareness so vital for a rapidly growing, family-forward community. Not to mention, the climate is fantastic and close to everything you could ever want to explore or do! Enjoy food? So do I! C‘Ville has something for every taste bud! I’ve traveled to a lot of places, near and far. It doesn’t get any better than this!
What excites you about your work?
Teaching. I can’t think of a higher honor. Shaping young medical minds to excel in medicine is what drives me every day.
Proudest/greatest achievement outside the professional realm?
Fatherhood. By far, the hardest and most humbling experience.
Military service. Deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan provide me personal and professional strength, humility, and compassion. Nothing prepares you for the emotional turbulence but also the deep and lifelong connections through this service. I wouldn’t trade my time serving for anything.
This is it!
What are you usually doing on the weekend?
Running, hiking, camping, and spending time with my 3 children – basically soccer games most weekends.
Favorite vacation/activity spot?
The Outer Banks. A great location to reflect and focus on what matters most in life.
Most admired person, and why?
My mother – she prepared me for everything life’s thrown at me.
The best advice anyone ever gave you?
Just don’t screw up – my mom.
What about you would surprise us?
Favorite vegetable – okra; who doesn’t love gumbo!