I am originally from Lafayette, Indiana. I have lived in Melbourne, FL since 1980. I went to high school at Melbourne Central Catholic (Class of 1985). I spent 2 years at Florida Tech and then completed my undergraduate studies at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, where I graduated cum laude. I went to medical school at the University of Miami under the Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program. I did my internship and first year of Internal Medicine residency at the Naval Medical Center in Oakland, CA, then finished my last year of residency at the University of California, San Francisco. I did my Infectious Disease fellowship at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA.
The Navy decided to ship me back to the east coast. I attended the Military Tropical Medicine Course and then spent three years on staff at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, where I was head of the HIV Clinical Research Program. I held a faculty position at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine and was an attending physician at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. I received training in the medical management of chemical and biological casualites at Ft. Detrick, MD. I was also the Division Head for Infectious Diseases on the USNS Comfort hospital ship. I was honored to receive the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and participate in Congressional Delegations to Africa and Russia.
I completed my commitment to the Navy in 2001, moved back to Melbourne and am currently the Medical Director for Infection Control for the Health First hospitals. I am a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, American Society for Microbiology, Florida Infectious Diseases Society, HIV Medicine Association, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and International Society of Travel Medicine.
My practice deals with all aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of adult infectious diseases. I see patients both in the hospital and in the office. I have a special interest in Travel Medicine, where I give patients country-specific recommendations prior to overseas travel on which vaccinations they need, malaria prophylaxis, and illness prevention. Our Travel Clinic is an approved Yellow Fever vaccination center. I have been recognized by the International Society of Travel Medicine, with a Certificate in Travel Health for individual excellence in knowledge in the field of travel medicine, pre-travel care and consultation. I am a Volunteer Faculty Member of the University of Central Florida School of Medicine, Department of Medical Education.
Outside of the practice of medicine I enjoy traveling, playing guitar, maintaining several aquariums at home, and spending time with my wife, two daughters, and Golden Retriever.