University of Nebraska Medical Center
Childrens Medical Center of Dallas
Why did you decide to become a physician?
I loved going to my pediatrician and I was never afraid of the office visits. When I was about four years old, my pediatrician let me listen to my own heart with his stethoscope. I got a toy doctor kit for my next birthday and spent a lot of time doctoring my stuffed dog. My favorite book was “Dr. Dan, the Bandage Man.” I wanted to be a pediatrician ever since.
What are your clinical areas of interest?
Newborn medicine, asthma, gastroenterology, ADHD and its coexisting conditions.
What is your philosophy of patient care?
There is no place in pediatric medicine for a “treat them and street them” philosophy. It is important to be a good listener. Some problems are easily treated and others are “hidden beneath the surface.” I believe each patient visit should be tailored to meet each patient’s individual needs.
How do you spend your free time? (family, hobbies, interests, volunteer activities, etc.)
Swimming, playing and studying classical keyboard music, writing and traveling.
Provide an interesting anecdote about you.
As I was finishing my pediatric residency, I considered doing a fellowship in neonatology. However, my wife talked some sense into me. After giving me years of support through medical school and my residency in Dallas, she strongly suggested that our growing family move from apartment living, back to a stable home environment in Omaha. It turned out to be the best decision for the entire family.