Q: What lead you to become a general surgeon?
Answer: Growing up locally, many of the teachers took an interest in their students and really got us thinking about what we wanted to do.
My sixth grade teacher here really took an interest in me as a student and saw the potential for higher education. During the summer between sixth and seventh grade, he contacted my parents and took me to Shippensburg University. That had quite the impact on me.
Then when I was attending Hershey Medical School, I went with Dr. James Teeter, a Waynesboro surgeon, on a two month developing nation medical rotation. That experience really solidified my decision to become a surgeon.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: Well, I'm a 1980 Greencastle-Antrim High School graduate. Previously, I spent 15 years in private practice in the Harrisburg area. So, this was an awesome opportunity at the perfect time.
My own family lives close to Greencastle and we have established family in Harrisburg. It was a top priority that I be able to serve a community and keep our family ties. Pennsylvania is home. This is my home. My wife and I really view ourselves as coming here long-term and serving the community where I grew up.
We were very picky and spent a lot of time looking at the opportunities. We wanted to make sure that this move was the right move because I want to finish my career here.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about general surgery or something people don't realize as often?
Answer: Many people think a general surgeon may not be approachable. But I want my patients to realize that we come from the same area and background and I want them to be able to talk with me openly.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about living in Franklin County?
Answer: I am really excited about being able to visit with my parents and siblings more as well as see our children who are not too far away. We also enjoy spoiling our new granddaughter.
I also am looking forward to reconnecting with some old school colleagues. It's great to be a part of the medical community here as well.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: I enjoy the outdoors, both fishing and hunting, and I'm also something of an eclectic collector. I am fortunate to be able to build upon my grandfather's small coin collection, which has been kept in the family.
My wife and I love to antique. Not only are we looking for things that interest us, but also for items with that uniqueness factor. Also because of my roots, I love a great deal.