I believe the cornerstone of good health rests not with the physician and all the tests, procedures and medications we can offer, but with the individual and his or her choice of lifestyle. Healthy eating, regular exercise 30 to 60 minutes or more five or six days every week, maintaining an ideal weight, and avoidance of smoking, can prevent the majority of chronic illness that we see, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. That said, when such illnesses are present, and when illness occurs that is not preventable, like rheumatoid arthritis, people should have access to high-quality medical care like that provided through UCHealth – our physicians and other providers, hospitals, labs and radiology facilities.
Whenever possible, diagnostic tests and treatment of illnesses should be guided by sound evidence from well-designed scientific studies, and not by anecdote. One area of rapidly growing concern in the U.S. is the increasing dependence on habit forming and potentially harmful medications like opioids and tranquilizers to treat chronic pain, anxiety and insomnia. I share that concern and believe there are much better ways to address those problems, such as through physical therapy, regular exercise, yoga, meditation, relaxation techniques, psychotherapy and more.
Beyond caring for patients, I moved to Colorado for the many outdoor activities available – rock climbing, skiing, backpacking, and more. While the climbing has faded into the past, cycling has taken its place. My two teenagers and I enjoy skiing, backpacking and traveling to new and familiar places, both at home and abroad.
Qualifications and experience
- Internal Medicine
- Languages spoken
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (1991)
Duke University Medical Center (1988)
- Board Certification
Certification Agency Member Board Specialty Year of Issuance American Board of Internal Medicine Member internal Medicine 1991
- Clinical interest for patients
General internal medicine, cardiac and pulmonary medicine, preventative care