Why did you decide to become a physician?
I’m an extremely curious person and have always loved to learn. Facts, trivia, people’s stories, how stuff works- I will take it all in. As a child, I thought going to the doctor was fascinating. After I took a class in anatomy and physiology in high school, I realized medicine might be the perfect fit for me. There’s always more to learn about the human body and how our bodies work. It was in college, however, that I became hooked. My (now) wife pointed out becoming a physician would not only let me be a lifelong learner but constantly meet new people, learn their stories, and help shape them for the better. For me, it’s the perfect combination.
What are your clinical areas of interest?
While I enjoy all of general pediatrics, I am especially interested in preventative medicine and well visits.
What is your philosophy of patient care?
When it comes to being a pediatrician and caring for my patients, I try to be the strongest advocate possible for them and to make sure both they and their parents are truly heard and helped.
How do you spend your free time? (family, hobbies, interests, volunteer activities, etc.)
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and children, reading anything I can get my hands on, playing with our dog, biking and running if I have the motivation, writing, and cheering on the Kansas Jayhawks!
Provide an interesting anecdote about you.
While I have almost always been interested in medicine, I decided to study English in college due to my love of books and reading. To me, English and Medicine make perfect sense as the foundation for both, the thing at their core, is a person’s story.