Professional: After graduating from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completing my internship, I served 2 years in the US Navy at Whidbey Naval Hospital in Oak Harbor. I then practiced Family Medicine for 2 years in a farmingcommunity near Green Bay, Wisconsin. During those 4 post-internship years I also worked in in various emergency departments and found my love for the new specialty of Emergency Medicine and was able to return home to the Pacific Northwest and join the Evergreen ER group. Once Emergency Medicine was recognized as a specialty and I became board certified, I served as the Medical Director of the ER for 25 years and Evergreen Medic One for 15 years and was voted "Physician Medical Advisor of the Year" for Washington State in 1994. I also helped start the inpatient hospitalist program and served in multiple leadership roles on the Medical Staff. When my schedule allowed, I worked part-time for Holland America as a Ship Physician and made multiple trips as a short-term medical missionary, mostly in Kenya and Honduras. I retired from clinical practice after being elected to my first term on the Board of Commissioners in 2010 but keep my medical license active. I spend 10-15 hours a week staying up-to-date with developments in medicine and healthcare leadership by reading and participating in various webinars and conferences. My special interests include healthcare access, end-of-life care and educating physicians to prevent medical error. For more information related to my service on the Board of Commissioners at EvergreenHealth, check out my statement in the Voter Pamphlet.
Personal: I grew up in the Seattle area, finished high school in Juneau, Alaska, and graduated from Duke University with a BS in Mathematics. I am married to Barbara, a retired Fitness Educator for PRO Sports Club, and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. All of our kids and grandkids have either graduated from or still attend our local schools. We're grateful that they all still live within "come-on-over-for-dinner" distance. Barbara and I both play golf and work out together, and i credit her with keeping me healthy through diet and exercise. My other hobbies include skiing, writing, current events and staying in touch with friends and distant relatives around the world. I've also worked with the City of Kirkland as the general contractor when our neighbors and a developer had the opportunity to underground the utilities on our street. One of my most gratifying experiences was the 8 years that I spent helping the City of Kirkland and a team of citizens resolve multiple issues related to the property that eventually became the new Aegis Assisted Living facility on Lake Street.
I enjoy serving our community.
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