Medical School: Loma Linda University
Internship: Loma Linda University
Residency: Loma Linda University
Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic
Certificate: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Certificate: Added Qualifications in Clinical Neurophysiology
Certificate: American Association of Electrodiagnostic and Neuromuscular Medicine
I am grateful that God has given me a chance to serve Him through the practice of medicine and ask Him to continually guide me and help me make life better for those around me. Neurologists are expected to formulate an expert approach for a variety of complex neurological disorders. However, we need to take a step further to truly fulfill our mission of providing whole person care. Thus, I believe in putting patient’s first and listening to their needs. That means we need to address not only the physical, but the spiritual and social health of each patient. As a clinical neuromuscular specialist, I treat each patient as I would like my own family to be treated and enjoy getting to know my patients more personally over time. This helps me to better understand how they are affected by their condition and design a personalized evaluation and treatment plan that fits each individuals needs. My mission is to infuse a patient-centered approach into our Department so that our patients will experience the uniqueness of Loma Linda University. One of the main reasons I chose to practice academic medicine is that I love to work with and teach medical students, neurology residents, and fellows. Our ability to train future physicians depends on how effectively we pass on what we have learnt to those who are just beginning their careers. To accomplish this, their education must take place in the clinical setting, not just in classrooms, so they can learn the art of medicine. That is why most of my patient’s are first assessed by a clinical resident or fellow. These residents are trained physicians with a completed medical degree. Together we discuss each case in detail before I personally verify important facts and neurological findings before beginning a discussion on our combined impression and plan.
My interests include a number of neuromuscular disorders, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy, myasthenia gravis, and muscle disorders. My special interests include Parsonage-Turner syndrome, brachial plexopathy, and true neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome. I conduct electromyograms, a diagnostic study that assesses the peripheral nervous system, and supervise monitoring of the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves on patient’s undergoing surgery. I am ‘home grown’ to Loma Linda, having attended medical school and residency here before completing a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at the Cleveland Clinic. Following my training, I accepted a staff position at the Cleveland Clinic until 2007, when my family and I returned to LLU. My board certifications include: Fellow of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neuromuscular Medicine, Special Qualifications in Clinical Neurophysiology, and a Fellow of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine My research and academic interests My primary research interest has been on studying the characteristics of unusual neuromuscular disorders as well as a primary site investigator for clinical trials and a number of investigator-initiated projects with a focus on clinical neurophysiology. I have spent years as a regular participant at our academy meetings, both as course faculty and on various committees. I enjoy writing journal articles on a variety of topics (when time permits!) and serve as a reviewer for several scientific journals.