Why did you decide to become a physician?
My decision to become a physician came as a bit of a surprise during my sophomore year of college. While studying to become an architect I enrolled in an anatomy course to broaden my horizons. Immediately, my interest in medicine was piqued. Within the next few weeks I became a pre-medicine major and the following summer I made arrangements to shadow several physicians. A few years later I was enrolled in medical school and my career in Perinatology began.
What are your clinical areas of interest?
Preeclampsia, Multiple Gestations, Maternal Cardiac Disease, Critical Care Medicine and Prenatal Diagnosis (3D/4D ultrasound).
What is your philosophy of patient care?
I believe it’s vital to get to know my patients in order to take the best care of them. Listening and paying attention to their goals for each pregnancy helps us work together to develop a plan that will result in the happiest, healthiest pregnancy possible for mom and baby. My hope, is the patients I care for feel our relationship is close enough they include me on the list of people who get to share in their joy when they send out their birth announcement and when they have the opportunity, bring the baby (or in some cases babies!) by the office even long after they’ve delivered.
How do you spend your free time? (family, hobbies, interests, volunteer activities, etc.)
I spend my free time with my wife and three boys whenever possible. Having grown up in Omaha, I naturally became a huge fan of college football. My fall Saturdays are spent in the stands or watching Husker games with friends. Any other free time I can muster is spent fly fishing or hunting pheasant.
Provide an interesting anecdote about you.
My wife and I were expecting our daughter during my third year of medical school. An initial ultrasound revealed some abnormalities with our baby. Words like left hypoplastic heart, agenesis of the corpus callosum and craniosynostosis all trailed off and were forgotten after the words "very abnormal". We decided she would carry the baby as long as she could, knowing full well our daughter would die in utero or shortly after she was born. I knew I would never hear my daughter cry. Had we not gone on to have a healthy baby boy during my fourth year of medical school I never would have decided to become an Obstetrician and pursue a fellowship in MFM. Working with patients after going through what my wife and I experienced gives my heart and soul a semblance of completeness. I feel particularly close to those patients going through pregnancies similar to ours or those that lose their infant. I hope that my experience in some way can make theirs less traumatic. Having sat on the other side of the table I remind myself everyday the person or couple sitting in front of me is going through a completely unique process and their pregnancy deserves my undivided attention.