I’m a native of WV, born and raised in Beckley. I attended Marshall University as a John Marshall Scholar and earned a bachelor’s in chemistry, and then attended WVU School of Medicine where I have earned an MD and later, an MBA.
I’ve always been interested in the scientific method, but what I found most exciting was the trend that began several years ago in which the pendulum began to swing away from pure laboratory “bench” research and more toward outcomes based or translational research which was immediately relevant and beneficial to patients.
My area of interest is in the area of functional biliary disorders – specifically biliary dyskinesia. This is a condition that is commonly treated surgically, but with little high quality data to support a surgical approach. We hope to more clearly define which patients will benefit from surgery for this condition.
By clarifying the role of surgery in patients with biliary dyskinesia, we will define, for the first time, an evidence based algorithm for treating this commonly diagnosed condition.
I love what I do and I have the privilege of doing it in an environment and within a culture that supports me in my efforts. That is a rare find these days.
Despite the socioeconomic challenges we face in WV, our people are some of the best hearted and genuine people you’ll ever meet.
My wife and I love food and travel. I enjoy watching my kids’ activities as well. I’m also a huge movie buff.
All of them except country!