- College of Wooster
- University of Cincinnati College of Medicine - Cincinnati, OH
- University of Chicago Medical Center - Chicago, IL
- Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Cleveland, OH
I went to the University of Cincinnati for Medical School, then interned at the Cleveland Clinic in internal medicine and worked in ICU. I worked in the Emergency Department at St. Vincent’s Medical Center and lastly, trained in emergency medicine at the University of Chicago.
When I was 16, I worked as a maintenance worker in a hospital in Cleveland. I could get my work done in just a couple of hours, then I spent the rest of the time in the ER. I loved everything about the ER. I knew that was the branch of medicine for me. When people come to the ER, we have a “golden hour” of time to make the correct diagnosis and to treat them. I like the challenge of that. Often, people present with symptoms completely unrelated to what is their real issue. I ask questions, get their medical history and thoroughly examine them so I can help them get better.
I found the job at Firelands after deciding not to take another job at Fairview Hospital, where I was born. I didn’t like the culture there. I knew a little bit about Sandusky because I had sailed on Lake Erie and had been to the Lake Erie Islands. I still really enjoy boating, fly fishing, being out on the lake and all this area has to offer.
When I was working in Chicago in the mid-1980s, private hospitals did not have to serve patients who were uninsured or who had Medicaid. People in need of stabilization were being shipped out, instead of being cared for, because of insurance. This practice is the reason laws have been enacted to prohibit emergency rooms from turning people away. This repulsed me and I knew I wanted something different. When I interviewed, I knew I was in the right place. The program was strong and the physicians truly cared about patients. In the ER, we have so much responsibility; we’ve been given the tools we need to do our jobs and to help patients. Most of the physicians in my group have been here 15 to 30 years, so we are very stable. We’ve brought on new physicians to train for our succession. I also think the attending physicians and our working relationships with the Medical Staff and hospital have helped us and have promoted what is best for patients.
Teaching or Professional Positions
Clinical Assistant Professor
Dept. of Surgery
Medical College of Toledo
Clinical Assistant Professor
Dept. of Emergency Medicine
Ohio University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
American Medical Association
American College of Emergency Physicians
Erie County Medical Society
Diplomate to the American Board of Emergency Medicine
University Association for Emergency Medicine
Honors, Awards, etc.
Board certified in Emergency Medicine
Diplomate to National Board of Medical Examiners