I chose a career in spine surgery because I enjoy the challenge of diagnosing and treating spinal conditions. It is very rewarding to see the quality of a patients life significantly improve with proper diagnosis and treatment. I spend considerable time listening to and examining my patients to accurately determine the cause of their symptoms. I encourage patients to be active in their medical care. I enjoy educating my patients about their spine in order for them to make more informed decisions. My approach to treating the spine is to start with the most conservative modalities. I specialize in treating a full range of conditions affecting the entire spine including degenerative changes, trauma, and scoliosis. I exhaust all non-operative treatments before considering more invasive options. When surgery is indicated, I spend considerable time explaining the procedure to my patients and making sure they feel comfortable throughout the process. I stay current with the latest advances in treatment options in order to provide my patients with the highest level of care. I consider myself to have strong moral and ethical character. I treat my patients as I would want myself, my family, or my friends treated. From a technical standpoint, I take great pride in my work and accept no less than perfection. I strive to provide my patients with exceptional care and I am honored to have the opportunity to improve their quality of life.
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 2004
Residency: University of Washington, Dept of Orthopaedics
Fellowship: SpineCare Medical Group, San Francisco, CA
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS), North American Spine Society (NASS), Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS), The Society of Lateral Access Surgery (SOLAS)
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