Program Director (retired),
Providence Milwaukie Family Medicine Residency Board member (Providence Milwaukie Hospital Foundation)
Education and training
- Stanford University
- Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
- Family Medicine Residency, Group Health Cooperative, Seattle
- Indian Health Service, Navajo Nation, New Mexico
Where did you grow up?
I spent my youth in Madras, Ore., – a great place to grow up in the 1950s and ‘60s. My father was an attorney for 40 years in Madras, and my mom the first dietitian at the Madras hospital.
What were early influences in your career?
Four years serving the people of the Navajo Nation was a formative experience. It set the stage for my career of building robust primary care models to serve vulnerable patients and communities.
Throughout my 20-year career at Providence, I was grateful for the commitment of the Sisters of Providence “to reveal God’s love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service.”
Your dream for Providence?
To shape the future of health care by applying Providence’s core values of compassion, respect, excellence, justice and stewardship whenever we educate future physicians.
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy running, biking, gardening and backpacking. The last few years I’ve grown to love poetry. Before my mother died, I spent many hours reading poetry aloud to her.
How does philanthropy help support future doctors?
My wife Molly and I support the family medicine endowment at Providence Milwaukie. We’ve seen first-hand what it means for communities to have access to quality primary care.
What’s a great Providence memory?
One of my first patients was an older woman named Edna Key. She had some complex medical issues and gave very helpful feedback about her care. At my request, she even gave a presentation to Providence leaders about her experiences. Edna was the authentic voice of those we serve.