Board Certification: American Board of Radiology, 1989; Certificate of Added Qualification in Vascular and Interventional Radiology, 1995
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, 1978-1982
Internship: St. Vincent’s Hospital and Health Care Center, Indianapolis, IN, 1982-1983
Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 1983-1984; Radiology, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX, 1985-1989
Fellowship: Angiography and Interventional Radiology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1989-1990
Specialty: Interventional Radiology, Vascular Radiology
Bio: I was born and raised in Gary, Indiana; just outside of Chicago. Gary was once the largest steel producing cities in the world, in fact, Gary was named after Elbert H. Gary who was the president of US Steel. I grew up two blocks from Lake Michigan.
I went to college (undergraduate) at Indiana University in Bloomington and medical school at Indiana University in Indianapolis. I started out as an Orthopedic Surgery resident at Indiana University and was introduced to radiology by my best friend. I felt Radiology was a great field for me as you are at the center of much of the diagnostic work in the medical field and also was enticed by being able to go into Interventional Radiology in which you can do procedures and have patient contact. To me, it’s the best of both worlds. Being a visually oriented person, radiology is perfect for me. I also love to work with my hands and Interventional Radiology also allows me to fulfill these needs. The other thing I love about Interventional Radiology is that you are often the last resort for some patients and can perform minimally invasive procedures, many are life saving or life impacting, in patients with no good surgical alternative. There is also a lot of problem solving and “thinking on your toes” which I also love about Interventional Radiology.
My hobbies include golf, photography and travel. I am very mediocre at golf, but love the process of always trying to improve and all of the facets of golf. When I have a stressful day, nothing is better to me than hitting balls on the driving range. All of a sudden, you are only focused on hitting the ball correctly and your other problems and stress go away. I also like old cars and another hobby is detailing my cars. Unfortunately, another hobby is driving the cars back and forth to the mechanic.
I have traveled extensively and particularly love to travel in Europe, especially anywhere in Italy and Paris.
I took up photography after I had down time following major knee surgery in college and have loved photography ever since. I used to be more serious with my photography and even had my own darkroom. Now I just travel with a nice point and shoot camera and take mainly travel pictures.
Things people may not know about me: My dad had a clothing store and had Michael Jackson’s father as a customer.
My first love was basketball which is something expected from someone from Indiana. I had to give up basketball after a knee injury.
I have had eight or nine surgeries on my left knee. I lost count.
I never considered I would end up in Texas growing up. I made a friend from Houston while in medical school who was from Houston who recommended I interview at UT Houston for radiology residency. Due to a traffic jam and bad weather, I almost missed my plane to interview for the UT Radiology residency in Houston. Made the plane by less than a minute. I had already accepted a residency in Chicago and if I missed the flight would have ended up in Chicago. The few seconds that allowed me to make the flight changed my life. I love living in Texas and was in practice in Dallas for 14 years.