Tell us about the moment you first wanted to become a doctor?
I have wanted to be a physician for as long as I can remember. A very close friend was injured badly in a car accident when we were 17. His life was saved by the tireless work of many physicians and nurses, and from that point on I knew I was going to be a physician.
What have your patients taught you?
I continue to learn a great deal from my patients, and it is quite difficult to identify just one thing. I have seen patients and families with tremendous strength, compassion and perspective on life that continue to influence what I do every day.
Is there something about you that may surprise people?
Not really, what you see is what you get.
What made you choose Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare?
When I was planning on leaving the University of Alabama Birmingham, I was looking at several different locations. I chose TMH because it was the largest hospital in the region and capable of supporting the complex reconstructive surgical practice that I enjoy.
What activities to you enjoy when you are not working?
I have a wonderful wife and 4 great kids. My practice is quite demanding, so I spend my free time with them. Fortunately, they love golf and fishing also.
What about your line of work do you find most encouraging?
The most encouraging aspect of my practice lies in my patients and fellow physicians. We take care of patients with catastrophic problems and injuries, and if not for the tireless human spirit in our patients during their recovery, coupled with the dedicated work of our medical community, our successes would not be possible.
What has been your proudest moment in your medical career?
I don’t think there is one definitive moment. We have built a large lower extremity microsurgical practice in a short period of time. This has allowed many people to avoid amputation, walk again, and return to work and the lives they enjoy. I have videos of many of my patients walking out of our office with their families beside them, when several months prior they didn’t know if they would be able to walk again. Watching the videos and knowing the families is a moving experience.
What is your patient care philosophy?
Work hard and be honest, kind, and compassionate.
Are there any specific procedures or services you specialize in?
I enjoy and specialize in a complex reconstructive practice that includes microsurgical reconstruction for all areas of the body, including breast, head and neck, and extremity reconstruction. I also enjoy and specialize in complex abdominal wall reconstruction.