Chariman, Department of Emergency Medicine Core Faculty, Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director, Quality Assurance for Emergency Medicine Interim Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine Medical Director, UTMC Emergency Department,
College of Medicine and Life Sciences
I’m originally from Oklahoma, and I attended the University of Colorado at Denver for my undergraduate degree. I obtained my medical degree at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prior to medical school, I gained emergency medical experience in the US Army as a Medic, and then received an honorable discharge. My Emergency Medicine residency was at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital.
I have 34 years’ experience as an Emergency Physician, the last nine of which have been at the University of Toledo Medical Center. I have special interest in end-of-life care, mentoring residents and students. I was a founding member of Monroe Emergency Physicians, a community hospital-based democratic emergency physician group, at Mercy Memorial Hospital, in Monroe Michigan where I served as President, CEO and Medical Director for greater than 20 years. I have been Interim Chair of Emergency Medicine at the University of Toledo Medical Center, Medical Director of the University of Toledo Medical Center Emergency Department and a clinical associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Toledo. While there, I received the Teacher of the Year award twice. I’m currently the Chair of Emergency Medicine and Medical Director of the University of Toledo Medical Center.
I’m a member of the American Osteopathic Association, board-certified by the American Osteopathic College of Emergency Physicians. I am Fellow in the American Osteopathic College of Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians.
In my free time I enjoy traveling, reading, competitive volleyball, working outdoors on my farm, and spending time with family, which includes four children and three grandchildren. We have lived in Monroe, Michigan for 25 years, currently on a farm with our two daughters, dogs, horses, goats, and cows.
Summary of self assessment Biography
I create and environment for clinical excellence.
I am a teacher of clinical principles of Emergency Medicine.
I am a supporter of personal growth for the future leaders of Emergency Medicine.
I am a collaborator for the improvement of physician groups and health Care groups..
I believe the example as a good clinician is the most important aspect of being a teacher in medicine