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I went to medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School and did my general surgery residency at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. My vascular surgery fellowship was also at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
I majored in physiology in college. I helped to build probes to measure kidney blood flow and while I was good at it, I didn’t like it. It just didn’t fit me. So, I decided to go to medical school. At first, I thought I’d be an internist. During my surgery rotation I realized how much I enjoyed surgery. I had played sports growing up, and the team-oriented approach of surgery energized me. In particular, I liked the attention to detail that comes with vascular surgery. The procedures we do are very precise. My mentors at UNC were passionate about what they did, and I think that made me love it, too.
I came to Sandusky because this area was close to my family. I liked the idea of being in a smaller town and in a community hospital. Before coming to Firelands, I practiced at other hospitals in the area. Firelands provides state-of-the-art equipment and offers all of the ancillary specialty support we need. The quality of specialty and general physician care here is far superior to what you would find at other facilities. The level of care parallels that of a much larger institution, but here, you get personal care. Patients who see us and other physicians at Firelands receive quality care at a level of interaction that is very personal. Our practice and other specialties have received very high state and national rankings, but what you don’t see in those numbers is all of the teamwork that makes the specialties so outstanding. We have great Anesthesia, ICU teams, Rehab teams, everything. I think that makes a difference for our patients and their outcomes.