I decided to become a physician in the fifth grade after reading John Gunther’s book, Death Be Not Proud. This started me on a journey with ups and downs, wins and losses, joy and sadness, but I regret nothing of what has transpired. I started working in health care when I was in high school, doing everything from insurance billing for a GP, to being a pharmacy delivery clerk.
I received my undergraduate degree from UCLA (cum laude BA in Zoology, a history minor, and an 8-time All-American on the Bruin fencing team) before being awarded an NIH scholarship to simultaneously attend graduate and medical school at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. I graduated summa cum laude with a Ph.D. in Anatomy in 1972, and magna cum laude with an MD in 1974.
I was recruited by Barnes Hospital in St Louis, MO for my internship and residency, majoring in Internal Medicine. During my study, I received house staff honors.
I returned to Southern California, joining one of the top endocrine training programs in the US at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. In graduate school and during my fellowship, in addition to my clinical studies, I conducted basic research on adaptation to altitude, and corticosteroid effects on brain metabolism, and developed the first radioimmunoassay for beta-endorphin.
I am currently board-certified in both Internal Medicine as well as Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Disorders. I began my private practice in my former hometown in Southern California where I practiced for over 14 years. I held a number of hospital executive positions and founded a treatment center for patients with diabetes, which is still in existence.
During this same time, I attended and graduated from law school at Western State College of Law, and specialized in appellate practice.
In 1993 I moved to Boise, seeking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, and have owned my independent medical practice for over 20 years.
I’m the proud father of four wonderful children and ten grandchildren. My interests include skiing, hiking, hunting, and fishing. I have earned black belt status in the Japanese sword arts of kendo and iaido, as well as Goju karate. I golf (badly) and if I have any spare time, I’m sharpening my educational experiences and trying to play the ukulele.
I always try to bring my best game to your medical problems and treat you as I would want a member of my family to be treated.