Biography & Education

My clinical interests include endocrine surgery (thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands), breast surgery, advanced laparoscopy, colon cancer, and gastrointestinal surgery. I am committed to providing the highest quality of care to each of my patients. I believe in pairing my clinical experience and skills with the patients own beliefs and preferences, in order to give guidance for important decisions and formulate a personalized care plan. My patients can be assured that they will receive excellent care, with emphasis on minimally invasive approaches for the fastest possible return to work and family life. I believe that attention to the best cosmetic result after surgery is also very important for patient satisfaction. I strive to treat each patient with compassion and respect, making sure they understand the rationale and expectations for their surgical experience. The multidisciplinary approach for cancer treatment is an important aspect of my practice.
  • Breast Surgery
  • General Surgery
Education Background
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Residency: University of Washington
  • English

Care Locations

751 N.E. Blakely Dr.
Issaquah, WA 98029
Fax 425-313-7057
Affiliated Facilities
Accepting New Patients
Accepting Medicaid



Dizziness from loose crystals in your head

April 22, 2013
This sounds a bit like the punch line of a bad joke, doesn’t it? But believe it or not, it’s true. Dizziness can be caused by loose crystals called “otoconia” in your inner ear, which is known as BPPV. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV, is the most common cause of vertigo, and is also the most common vestibular (inner ear) disorder. BPPV occurs when tiny calcium crystals are displaced from either one or both of the otolith organs of the inner ear and fall down into one of the semicircular canals, disrupting the flow of the fluid of that canal. What results from that disruption of fluid is essentially a false sense of motion. People with BPPV will most often report experiencing short episodes of severe vertigo with change in head and/or body position, such as turning over in bed or getting up and out of bed, tilting their head back in the shower to wash their hair, or turning their head from side to side while driving. The onset of vertigo can be ver...

Is Robotic Surgery Right For You?

April 14, 2013
In recent years, there has been a surge in the popularity of robotic surgery. This is an exciting new technology that is being actively used by many specialists here at Swedish. In General Surgery, we have been using a minimally invasive approach called laparoscopy for many years. This allows us to use smaller incisions, giving the patient much less pain and a quicker recovery.  Robotic surgery is very similar. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about robotic surgery: Are incisions smaller with robotic surgery than with laparoscopy? No. The incisions are pretty much the same. As a patient, you might not be able to tell much of a difference from the surface. Do the robotic instruments allow the surgeon to perform a better operation?


  • Breast Surgery
  • General Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder)
  • Cholecystectomy (Laproscopic)
  • Colitis Surgery
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Crohn's Disease
  • da Vinci (Robot-Assisted Surgery)
  • Diverticulitis
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Gall Bladder Surgery
  • Gastro-Esophageal Reflux
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Hernia (Laparoscopic)
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Liver Surgery
  • Liver Surgery (Laparoscopic)
  • Melanoma
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Oncologic Surgery
  • Pancreatic Surgery
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Surgeons
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Ulcerative Colitis