I care for my patients as individuals and involve them in their individualized treatment plans. I believe that patients should be educated as much as possible about their own bodies, all possible treatment options and the likely impact treatments may have on their long-term physical activity. I offer treatment options that are specific to not only each patient’s spine condition, but also to their individual goals for their life and health. I am a surgeon, but I do make sure that my patients are aware of all conservative and surgical treatment options. When a patient does progress to surgery, I offer the most up-to-date treatment options with the patient’s long-term function in mind.
I grew up in Johnstown, PA and was very active playing ice hockey and racing motocross. Several of my injuries while racing resulted in Orthopedic Surgery, and I began to consider Orthopedics as a career. I then graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 2000 with a B.S. in Biology. I moved to Denver, CO for three years where I worked in several different jobs, including construction materials testing, waiting tables, retail sales management, and finally as a Recovery Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank. I began as a volunteer research assistant at the Children’s Hospital in Denver, which confirmed my desire to become an Orthopedic Surgeon.
I moved to Philadelphia, PA and graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2005 with a Masters of Medical Science. I then completed medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009.
I completed my orthopedic surgery residency at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2014. It was during residency that I developed my love for spine surgery. I was able to tailor the last two years of my residency to focus on spine surgery in addition to general orthopedic surgery. I then completed a Spine Surgery Fellowship at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA in 2015. During fellowship, I became proficient in diagnosing and treating adult spine degenerative conditions and adult spine deformity.
I am married and live with my wife in Denver. I like to be very physically active when I am not working. I enjoy mountain biking, hiking, road cycling, riding motocross and off road motorcycles, skiing, snowboarding, and playing pick-up ice hockey. I raced motocross while growing up and played ice hockey through college.
Qualifications and experience
- Orthopedic Spine Surgery, Spinal Deformity, Spine - Cervical disc herniation, Spine - Cervical spinal stenosis, Spine - Degenerative Disc Disease, Spine - Degenerative Scoliosis, Spine - Lumbar disc herniation, Spine - Lumbar spinal stenosis, Spine - Myelopathy, Spine - Radiculopathy, Spine - Sciatica, Spine - Slipped Disc, Spine - Spondylolisthesis, Spine - Spondylolysis
New England Baptist Hospital (2015)
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (2014)
Mercy Suburban Hospital (2010)
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (2009)
Drexel University College of Medicine Center City Hahnemann Medical Campus (2005)
- Board Certification
Certification Agency Member Board Specialty Year of Issuance American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery American Osteopathic Association Orthopedic Surgery 2019
- Clinical interest for patients
My primary area of clinical interest is in the treatment of adult spine degenerative conditions and adult spine deformity. I also have a clinical interest in performing revision spine surgeries on patients who have had previous surgery and continue to have problems.