Though I was born north of Chicago, I grew up in the Cleveland area. I spent most of my youth playing soccer, and any other sport I could find – all the way through college. After completing a Psychology Degree with a Neuroscience minor at Miami University in Ohio, I spent two years working as a therapist on an adolescent psychiatric unit before finally applying to medical school.
I completed my medical training at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic medicine, where I met my wife – she was at the cadaver next to mine in Anatomy lab, but I still managed to notice her. We both completed our internship year at Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago. Though she moved on to Loyola, I continued my training at Illinois Masonic for my family medicine residency, and was Chief Resident in my final year. Having been a lifelong sports devotee, and finding athletes to the be the most interesting and yet somehow maddening patients, I went on to complete my sports medicine fellowship training at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
Upon completion of my training, I accepted a position at the MacNeal Hospital Family Medicine Residency as core faculty and as the Associate Program Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship. Now in my fifth year at the program, I am in charge of the musculoskeletal curriculum for the residency, and have been the Program Director of the fellowship for the last four years. I was drawn to MacNeal because of its long history of excellence in both family and sports medicine, and because of the quality of the residents that I met here. Since coming here, I have come to truly appreciate the staff at MacNeal and my fellow faculty – their dedication to resident education, and the feeling of family that they foster have really made an impact on me. I love teaching our residents, and they are often the best part of my day.
You’ll find that I am always up for a conversation. About anything. It’s a hobby, or a vice – I’m not sure which. I am an avid reader – both of books and of current events. Don’t tell my patients, but I love TV. And food. Really greasy fast food. I pack my and my wife’s lunch every day – but with nice healthy stuff (you can tell my patients that). When I am not at work you will usually find me spending time with my family – mostly chasing around my two sons, aged 2 and 5 wishing that I had time to get back to playing my guitar.