I have developed this website to serve as an extension of my practice. Some of you may come to this website seeking information regarding a condition you may have. Others may be visiting it because you have seen me in my office and want to review something we talked about during your visit. In any case, I hope you find it valuable.
I was born and raised in New York. I spent my formative years in Ardsley, NY which is a small village just north of The City (for those of us that were born and raised there, New York is “The City”). I went to college just outside of Boston at Tufts University where I studied biology and played on the football team. For one year after graduation I worked as a research assistant at the Harvard-Massachusetts General Hospital NMR-Spectroscopy Facility where I came to the conclusion that I was not going to become a radiologist!
I attended medical school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where I graduated with honors and then began my orthopedic surgery residency back in NY at New York University-Hospital for Joint Diseases. While there I met and married my incredible wife. She accompanied me to Los Angeles where I completed a year of subspecialty training in sports medicine at the world renowned Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic whose physicians are the team physicians for the Lakers, Dodgers, Kings, Angels, Galaxy and USC football team, amongst others including Hollywood’s stars and starlets!
My greatest mentors, besides my parents, include my HS biology teacher, Mr. Ed Miles, who cultivated my love of science. Dr. Joseph Zuckerman was my residency director and former president of both the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and American Shoulder and Elbow Society. To this day he remains a good friend and mentor. My time at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic allowed me to develop relationships with Drs. Frank Jobe and Lewis Yocum.
Dr. Jobe was honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY in 2013. His development of the Tommy John surgery has saved the careers of countless professional baseball players around the world and some would argue that he had the greatest influence on professional baseball since the curve ball. Indeed, every professional baseball team in the world has at least one pitcher on its roster that has had a Tommy John surgery. Dr. Yocum was the team physician for the Los Angeles Angels. He taught me that most sports medicine conditions can be managed with conservative, non-operative care, as well as the importance of humility and affability. In 2008, I was honored when a colleague of mine asked me to assist him as a team physician for the Washington Nationals where I was through 2015. Since 2006, I have volunteered my time at local high schools as a supervising physician for a successful Athletic Trainer Program in these schools that helps their student athletes.
My wife and I have two amazing sons and dogs – Chica and Freedom – that keep us active. In my free time I like to mountain bike and ride the trails on my dirt bike. My favorite form of exercise is my Waterrower – over 1,000,000 meters a year!
For those of you that have made an appointment to come see me in my practice or have already been to my practice, thank you for giving me the opportunity to help you. It is an honor and a privilege I take quite seriously.