Why did you choose to specialize in pediatric surgery?
All of the challenges and rewards of surgical problems in children.
What do you enjoy most about being a physician at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois?
Working with other dedicated staff members who take pride in their work.
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I grew up on a farm.
Tell us something about your family life.
I have three sons in college.
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of medicine?
Medical mission work in Vietnam.
Languages: English, Spanish
Title(s): Professor of Surgery & Pediatrics – University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria
Medical Education: University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
Internship(s): University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA; 1988-1989)
Residency: University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA; 1989-1993)
Fellowship(s): Pediatric Surgery – University of Washington (Seattle, WA; 1993-1995)
Board Certification(s): Pediatric Surgery – American Board of Surgery
Clinical Interests: Anorectal Malformations, Chronic Abdominal Pain, Airway Issues
Professional Memberships: American Diabetes Association, American Association of Clinical Anatomy, Association of Academic Surgeons, Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies, Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons
Awards & Recognition: Top Doctors in the Nation – Castle-Connelly, National Merit Scholar – Yale University, Medical Scientist Training Program – National Institutes of Health, Innovative Research Award – American Diabetes Association
Philosophy of Care: Find the problem and fix it.