I grew up in Greeneville, TN to physician parents who instilled a love for all things medical. I completed my BS in music at SAU in 2002, MD degree at LLU in 2006, and then completed a surgery residency at UC Davis in Sacramento, CA, finishing in 2012. I them moved back to TN, completing a Colon and Rectal Surgery fellowship at UTC in 2013, and now am an Asst Professor of Surgery at UTC.
During my time in Loma Linda, I was very involved in health outreach. With my wife (who deserves most of the credit), we starting the first medical student-led lifestyle change program, eventually leading to the formation of a new residency, the “Lifestyle Medicine Residency” at LLU. During my time in Sacramento, I continued lecturing on lifestyle to area churches and clubs and was privileged to found Western Youth Conference, a subsidiary of GYC. My current interests include surgical education, church planting, and spending time with wife Rachel, and kids Amy (10), and Michael (8).
I enjoy praying with patients before surgery, studying the Bible with my office staff, and involving all church members in health evangelism. I need the inspiration provided by involvement with AMEN to constantly learn new ways that I can more effectively reach out to my patients and community.
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