I attended medical school at the University of Washington and was chief resident during my residency at Tacoma Family Medicine.
My favorite “pearl” from my training is, “If you listen to the patient, you will know the diagnosis 99 percent of the time. The patient will give you the answer.” I believe that my role as the hospital physician is to listen carefully to the patient and family of caregivers, coordinate evidence-based medical care appropriate to the patient’s goals, comfort them throughout the healing process, and guide them through the hospital experience.
I think of myself as the patient’s primary care provider at the bedside. When the patient leaves the hospital, I help smooth the transition of care back to the primary care provider in the clinic. Being in the hospital can be a time of vulnerability, fear, pain and anxiety for people. I believe treating the underlying medical condition – while addressing the discomforts of being a patient in the hospital – allows for deeper healing.