As a surgical intern, I remember two patients, both of whom had the same type of colon surgery. The patient who had laparoscopic surgery had a much speedier recovery than the patient who had surgery with an open incision. I was intrigued by this difference, and this interest led me to pursue a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery. While there will always be a time and place for traditional open incision surgery, I enjoy the technical challenge of performing laparoscopic surgery through tiny incisions and believe it offers real advantages for patients.
I completed my fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopy in Portland, Oregon, with a focus on gastric bypass surgery, as well as a range of diverse procedures on the esophagus, adrenal glands, colon, and abdominal hernias. My current practice at Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco reflects this training, being equally divided between Bariatrics/Laparoscopy and general Surgery.
I joined Kaiser Permanente in 2006.
While I grew up in Southern California, it was during college at Berkeley that I picked up my passion for windsurfing. I confess this played no small part in my choice of medical school at the University of California at San Francisco and residency at Stanford University. It is wonderfully serendipitous that Northern California is gifted with terrific medical centers, as well as proximity to good winds and water. With the remainder of my free time, I also enjoy biking, hiking, and backpacking to random corners of the world.
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