It’s a relatively visual specialty, so I was initially drawn to that part.
The surgeries I do happen under local anesthesia, which means I am able to chat with patients and learn their stories while I’m operating. This is the part of my role I have really come to appreciate. I try to set a calming environment by playing classical music. Patients can feel understandably anxious, but I always hope we can use our time to connect while I also help contribute to their health.
I see it like this: My job was to learn as much as I could in medical school and through training, so I could be the best surgeon I can be and bring this knowledge and ability to my patients. But now that I’ve been in practice for a while, I am really focused on relationships and looking for that connection. It’s what keeps me going.
Area of Clinical Practice
Skin cancers, dermatologic surgery with facial reconstruction
I am a surgeon who sees Fred Hutch patients at UW Medical Center – Roosevelt.
I am focused on removing skin cancers, including basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas and superficial melanomas.
As the director of Dermatologic Surgery and the Mohs surgeon for UW Medical Center-Roosevelt Dermatology Clinic's Dermatology Surgery Center, I treat patients with skin cancers. My expertise is in Mohs micrographic surgery, one of the most effective state-of-the-art procedures for treating skin cancer. My clinical interests include Mohs micrographic surgery, facial reconstructive surgery, diagnosis and management of skin cancer and cosmetic surgery.
I enjoy striving to provide the absolute best dermatologic care for each of my patients. My goal is to make sure that every patient is as well informed and comfortable as possible before, during and after surgery.
Loyola University of Chicago
Stanford University, Dermatology
University of California Los Angeles, MOHS - Micrographic Surgery
University of California Los Angeles, Procedural Dermatology
Dermatology, 2008, American Board of Dermatology
Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery, 2021
University of Washington Patient Safety Hero Award, 2015
Valedictorian Medical School Class (Summa Cum Laude), 2004
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