General Pediatrician and Associate Medical Director
of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester/Bedford
Birthplace: Born in Chicago and grew up in Massachusetts
Family: I live with my wife and 2 amazing daughters
College/post grad degrees: McGill University in Montreal for undergrad and med school; Dartmouth for Pediatric residency training
What is the best career advice you ever received?
Love what you do. It will keep you young at heart and everyone will see it in your work.
Why did you choose your profession?
For me my profession choice was fairly easy. Instead of trying to decide between my interests I simply combined as many of them together as I could. I loved science and in particular biology. I’ve always enjoyed working with kids more than adults; they are just more fun. I enjoy talking to people and working with families, and I love solving puzzles. Being a physician who worked with kids checked all the boxes.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
As a pediatrician it becomes very clear early on in your training and career that in order to support kids and allow them to live up to their potential and live happy, healthy lives you need to involve their family. The natural extension to this is to involve the community. As pediatric health care providers we are in a unique position to help stand up for the overall health of our children and families, and I take great pride in partnering with community resources to try and do just that.
What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?
I turn 40 later this year, so my resolution as I pass that threshold is to maintain a good work/life balance. Keep up my exercise routine, maybe even compete a bit again, keep a strong sleep schedule and eat well. Thanks to my wife for that last one. If I get off kilter in my own life, I’m less effective with all my other endeavors. I love being a husband and father, I love being a pediatrician and a quality improvement and family engagement champion, and I’m excited to continue to grow and learn.
Volunteer activities: Vice President of the N.H. Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Chair of the Dartmouth Manchester Patient and Family Advisory Committee.
Last major achievement: Parent Information Center award winner for Family Engagement Recognition Award 2018.