I was born in St. Louis, MO, and I lived in nearby Godfrey, IL until graduation from Alton Senior High School. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University GWC Whiting School of Engineering and my Doctorate of Medicine from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. I did my internal medicine residency at the University of
Michigan Medical Center.
I am currently Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, CO. I came here for postgraduate training in 2002, specializing in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. I developed a clinical and research interest in the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). After several years doing basic science research into the mechanism and potential treatments for ARDS, I have recently moved to the Clinician/Educator Track. To develop my skills as an educator and curriculum director, I have enrolled in the Master of Arts Program in Information and Learning Technologies with Emphasis in Instructional Design and Adult Learning at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education. I also serve as Medical Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the Denver VA Medical Center.
I live with my wife, Heather, who is a first grade teacher in the Denver Public Schools, and our children Emma and Will. I am a musical polyglot, dabbling in bass, guitar, cello, and keyboard instruments. I also enjoy cycling, skiing, hiking, and camping.