Knoxville, TN 37916
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS
It is said that if you love what you do for a living you never really work a day in your life. After 28 years working as a pediatric gastroenterologist, I am blessed to say that I still feel that way. From an early age I knew that I wanted to be a physician and specifically a pediatrician. I greatly admired my pediatrician and loved the way that he demonstrated “old-fashioned” patient centered care. The specialty of pediatric gastroenterology attracted me further because it not only allows us to improve the lives of patients with illnesses and diseases in the short term, but also allows us to make an impact on children’s future health as many gastrointestinal illness is have at their root diet and lifestyle causes. I enjoy all aspects of pediatric gastroenterology but some of my specific interests include inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease and liver transplantation, pancreas disease as well as the nutritional support of patients with short bowel syndrome and who have special needs.
I began my education at the University of Maryland College Park where I majored in microbiology. I was extremely fortunate to receive an Air Force medical profession scholarship to medical school and attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas. Training at one of the premier pediatric centers in the United States only strengthened my love of pediatrics and also led me to the specialty of pediatric gastroenterology. Following medical school I spent 10 years in the United States Air Force achieving the rank of Major. After medical school, I completed my residency in pediatrics at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio Texas and by pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Walter Reed Medical Center as well as Bethesda Naval Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health. I then returned to Wilford Hall Medical Center where for three years I coordinated the only liver transplant program in the United States military. After leaving the Air Force I spent 17 years in Chattanooga Tennessee working both at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger as well as private practice for Galen medical group. I had the privilege of joining G.I. for Kids here in Knoxville in 2014 and have come to admire not only the patients which we serve, but the freestanding East Tennessee Children’s Hospital that Knoxville is so lucky to have.
In my time off I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I have two wonderful children, Shannon age 24 and Christopher age 20 who live in the area. We enjoy horseback riding, white-water rafting, and time on the water together. For relaxation I am an avid billiards player and enjoy bowling and playing cards.
-Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
-Intership and Residency, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, San Antonio, TX
-Postgraduate, Fellow Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
-Staff Pediatric Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX
-Chief Pediatric Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, TX
-Staff Pediatric Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics, T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital, Chattanooga, TN
-Pediatric Gastroenterology, Galen Medical Group, Chattanooga, TN
-Investigator, Southeastern Clinical Research, Chattanooga, TN
-Investigator, Memorial Research Center, Chattanooga, TN
2100 Clinch Ave #510,
Knoxville, TN 37916