In all I do, I strive for kindness, compassion and competency. Over my past 33 years in medicine, I have come to realize three important facts:
1. Medicine is constantly advancing and continuing education is necessary.
2. Wisdom from experience matters.
3. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
My path to medicine started early in life. In the 6th grade I wrote a report, “Skin the bag we live in.” After getting a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Berkeley, then a MS in Bioengineering from the University of Utah, then developing a medical monitoring device, I decided to enter medical school and complete two residencies: General Surgery and Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery. I have gone full circle returning to my 6th grade interest and apply a wealth of education and training history to each unique patient I have the privilege to serve. The field of Plastic Surgery fosters development and application of new ideas.
I am married, have three children and three grandchildren. Beyond caring for patients, I enjoy woodworking, snowboarding and keeping the garden and landscape green. I also volunteer my time on overseas mission service trips.
Qualifications and experience
- Plastic Surgery, Surgery - Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Hand Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, Surgery - Hand Surgery, Plastic Surgery Within the Head and Neck, Surgery - Burn Surgery, Surgery - Cleft Lip and Palate, Surgery - Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery
University of California - Berkeley (1979)
Masters of Science
University of Utah (1981)
University of Utah School of Medicine (1985)
University of Utah (1986)
University of Utah, University of Wisconsin Medical School (1990)
University of Wisconsin (1992)
- Clinical interest for patients
Plastic Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery and Hand surgery encompasses a lot of types of surgeries. It is easiest to summarize the surgeries that I enjoy for both cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries by area of the body instead of specific types of surgery. The areas are: face and neck, hands and breast.
- Research interest for patients
I have a particular interest in breast cancer reconstruction in addition to melanoma.