I was raised in Colorado Springs and initially intended on pursuing a career in sports medicine, but was immediately drawn to oncology in my first clinical experiences. I feel privileged to provide both emotional and medical help to each patient, and view our relationship as a “strong partnership” during this journey together. To effectively care for a whole person, I truly believe it takes medical expertise, great communication, compassion and empathy for the patient, family, friends and caregivers. My philosophy is to approach each person I meet with an individualized plan of care, and in essence treat people how I would want my own family member to be treated.
I enjoy teaching and research, and was honored to serve as Internal Medicine Chief Resident at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and Chief Fellow during my Oncology training at the University of Colorado. After fellowship, I served as an Assistant Professor at Emory University, primarily treating cancers of the head/neck and lung. After having our first baby, my wife and I decided to move back to Denver where I have been in practice for the last seven years at Kaiser Permanente and served as Area Specialty Chief of Oncology until my departure. I was honored to be recognized as a 5280 Magazine Top Doctor in 2019.
Given my love for research, teaching and patient-centered care, I am excited to join the practice at UCHealth where I can serve patients in the Denver-metro area. As part of UCHealth, I will collaborate with an excellent team of primary care physicians, medical and surgical specialists, pharmacists and nurses to provide outstanding care. We all share the common goal of utilizing knowledge and empathy to provide the best care for patients in their fight against cancer.
My wife and I have two sons, and spending quality time with family has always been very important to me. We enjoy downhill skiing during the winter, and running, biking, hiking, tennis and detangling fishing lines in the summer. Having time to reflect – whether through physical activity or reading for enjoyment – is a necessary means to provide balance to one’s life, and I believe this helps me to be a better physician.
Qualifications and experience
- Cancers, Cancers - Cancer Medicine, Hematology, Medical Oncology
University Of Colorado - Denver (2010)
University of Kansas Medical Center School of Medicine (2007)
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (2003)
- Board Certification
Certification Agency Specialty Year American Board of Internal Medicine Medical Oncology 2010
- Clinical interest for patients
My clinical interests focus on providing excellent cancer care for the patients I serve. I still maintain a strong interest in gastroenterology, neuroendocrine, lung, breast, gynecologic and hematologic cancers. I really enjoy the multi-disciplinary aspect to cancer care that is not limited to medical specialties, but additionally working closely with our social workers for additional emotional support. I believe the most effective care comes from not just focusing on excellent cancer therapeutics, but when we treat the whole person (medically and emotionally).
- Research interest for patients
I have served as principle investigator on multiple clinical trials and intend to continue my research interests at UCHealth. I believe having a strong clinical trials program only serves to bolster the level of cancer care we can offer a person. UCHealth continues to have a very strong clinical trials program, which I am excited to be a part of, to improve cancer care in the Denver-metro area and surrounding communities.