Chief Medical Officer, Elliot Hospital and Elliot Medical Group Acute Care Services
Birthplace: Attleboro, Mass.
Family: Wife, Holly; daughters, Avery (8) and Emerson (6)
High school: William E. Tolman Sr. High School
College/post grad degrees: Northeastern University undergraduate (B.S. in Biology), Dartmouth Medical School (MD), The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (MPH)
What is the best career advice you ever received?
Among the best advice I have received is to always focus on integrity. Making sure to do the right thing even when there are compelling reasons not to. Also, practice a canvas strategy where you work to add value by creating opportunities for other people. Eventually, there will be opportunity for you as well. Make sure to spend as much time as possible with your family.
Why did you choose your profession?
I decided to become a doctor because I wanted to try to improve the lives of people experiencing illness, and I chose critical care to help the sickest of the sick. I’ve shifted my career toward healthcare administration because medicine has evolved to become very complex and at times very challenging for doctors. In my current role, I look to help doctors navigate the system, successfully leading to more fulfilling careers and better patient care.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
Good health starts with healthy communities. Fortunately, New Hampshire is a small state that welcomes and sees the value in individual contribution which makes it easy to get involved and make an impact. I am grateful to live in such a state where giving my time, leadership, and problem-solving skills to not-for-profit organizations in our state can lead to improved educational opportunities, reduced food insecurity, reduced substance abuse, and ideally enhanced, healthier, and more fulfilled lives for other members of my community.
What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?
It is exceptionally important to know who you are and what you stand for. Take time to determine what your true north is and evaluate it often. Understand your own personal philosophy that supports your true north and try to live that daily. Expect failure and welcome the lessons that can be learned from failure, but do not interpret failure as a fundamental character flaw. Read everything written by Ryan Holiday.
What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?
Generally, continuing to develop urban areas of New Hampshire. Focus on access to high-tech jobs, building centers of education, and creating opportunities for entrepreneurs.
What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?
It’s only 8 months away! But generally, I’d like to continue to work at The Elliot and continue to improve the lives of the members of our community. I’m hoping to continue to self-improve, becoming a better father, husband, doctor and friend. Finally, hoping to continue with CrossFit six days per week at CrossFit 1750.
Volunteer activities: Board of Trustees, Elliot Health System; Health Care Committee, Catholic Charities New Hampshire.
Last major achievement: Physician of the Year 2017, Elliot Health System.