I was led to a career in surgery by several factors. Growing up, I witnessed my father's rewarding career as a cardiothoracic surgeon who loved his profession and the opportunity to improve his patients' lives. When I was 16 I was diagnosed with a spinal condition that required surgery. My recovery went well and became a profound personal experience of the life changing impact that surgery can offer. To this day it provides perspective and helps me relate to the experiences my patients are going through.
Following surgical residency, I pursued a fellowship in advanced minimally invasive GI and bariatric surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. While there I performed research to optimize outcomes following bariatric surgery and better understand how surgeons are trained in advanced minimally invasive techniques. I earned a certificate in fellowship training from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Society for American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. I am also proud to have won the Wendell Levi Award for surgical leadership from the Medical University of South Carolina, and being a member of the Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society and the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
My patient care philosophy is to treat each patient as if they were my family member. This requires compassionate care and consideration in the clinic, technical excellence and diligence in the operating room, and commitment to the recovery and well-being of my patients after surgery. I also recognize that medicine is a team sport and I support and motivate all of the phenomenal staff involved in every phase of my patients' care.
When I am not at the hospital, I am spending time with my wife and two sons. We enjoy being outdoors, going to the beach, playing golf, going on family vacations, and playing with our yellow lab, Cooper.