I believe that health and medical care should be approachable. This includes doctors that are available, engaged and understanding; a health care system that places a priority on helping you to help yourself; and a medical team that gives good care. Translating up to date science and research into a language that everyone from patients to medical staff and referring physicians can understand and participate with in a meaningful fashion should always be the goal.
I am a believer in life-long scholarship and learning, and I believe that experts and teachers need to maintain a strong discipline as students first.
I have been married for over 30 years to my wife Shaun, and we have raised four children. We like to garden, keep chickens and a variety of other animals, and I maintain an apiary so that our bees can keep our trees and garden fruitful. I enjoy tabletop gaming, and I am a wine enthusiast and maintain a working knowledge of local breweries. I was raised in Fort Collins and was a Lambkin at Fort Collins High School. I returned after 10 years in the US Army in 2001 to finish raising my children here and to be near family. I am an outdoors enthusiast and have hunted and fished the Rocky Mountains since my earliest childhood memories.
Qualifications and experience
- Breast Surgical Oncology, Cancers - Gastroenterologic Cancer (Colon, Stomach, Esophageal, Liver), Colon and Rectal Surgery, Digestive System - Biliary Surgery, Digestive System - Gastroenterology (Stomach, Bowel, General GI Problems), Digestive System - Gastroesophageal Reflux, Digestive System - Hernia, Endocrine System (Hormones) - Endocrine Cancer (Parathyroid, Adrenal, Carcinoid), Endocrine System (Hormones) - Thyroid Cancer, Nutrition and Metabolism - Weight Loss Surgery, Surgery, Surgery - Laparoscopic Surgery, Surgery - Weight Loss Surgery
- Languages spoken
University of Colorado Health Science Center (1992)
Madigan Army Medical Center (1997)
- Board Certification
Certification Agency Member Board Specialty Year American Board of Surgery American Board of Medical Specialties General Surgery 1997
- Clinical interest for patients
I have performed Bariatric Surgery for weight loss since my early training in 1992, and I have been involved in clinical research on this topic for many years. I enjoy providing comprehensive surgical care for cancers to include breast, colon, skin, thyroid, sarcomas, and a variety of other abdominal malignancies. I have been involved with the UCHealth Cancer Center at Harmony since it’s inception, and served as the Director of the Cancer Committee.
- Research interest for patients
Cancer protocols in breast and colon, as well as research with regards to metabolism and the metabolic effects of bariatric surgery.