Who am I ?
I was born February 8, 1964, the day before the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. I am the youngest of five in an Irish/Italian family from Queens. My Pop was a general surgeon and met Mom when she walked into his operating room as a scrub nurse.
My dream job when I was six was to be a fireman. I know I liked the idea of spraying that cool hose and wearing the uniform. But my admiration was truly for the role of ‘helper’ that the fireman represented. My Dad was a surgeon and I didn’t really see him in that role until a few years later, when a gentleman stopped us on the street in front of Church, to thank Dad for helping his wife. Daddy helps people? Wow. Daddy is like a fireman.
But, Dad was pretty frustrated with me, until I discovered basketball and he explained to me that I could only play on the team if I had straight A's. Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens was a great time in my life, and my friends from those days are still my friends today.
I studied biology at Union College in New York and then medicine at the Chicago Medical School. After medical school I did my residency and internship at Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, D.C., after an internship in LA at Cedar Sinai. I struggled with specialties because I really wanted to be a pediatrician, but my parents and their medical colleague friends talked me out of it. Then I considered cardiology, but I kept coming back to wanting to treat the whole person. So, I chose Internal Medicine. Or maybe it chose me. Maybe because Dad and his friends always had so much respect for their Internal Medicine friend, the guy they called the “doctor’s doctor.”
While living in D.C. in the late 1990s, I met my wife, we married two years later, and in 2002, we moved to Hilton Head from New York. Since 2011, Natalie has been running our practice and you will see her most mornings at the office. Natalie and I have two great, fun kids.
Julia is a class of 2022 graduate of Georgetown University. Her major is International Affairs with a minor in Chinese and a second minor in Studio Art. She loves photography and runs whenever it fits her schedule.
Jack is a huge reader. He spent most of his elementary, middle, and high school years in the Catholic schools here in the Lowcountry. I think Jack is probably the biggest lover of travel in the family and is always up for it when we say, "let's go somewhere this weekend."
My father-in-law lives around the corner in Tidepointe and we see him several days a week. Sunday night dinner with the family is a tradition.
I walk my dog, Honey Pie, every morning.
We all love to travel and enjoy spending time with each other.
Who are you ?
You have a story, too. That life story is a part of your wellness plan for the future.
We want to get to know you as a person. What events in your life have shaped you and made you who you are? It used to be that you had the same doctor all your life. Your internist kept track of all the elements of your medical history.
The challenge today is to deliver that same old-fashioned care. In today’s medical/healthcare environment, internal medicine is the discipline that most allows the doctor to know the whole person.
Join us to make your life story healthy and strong.