I am a native Oregonian. I was raised on a small hobby farm outside Banks, Oregon. I attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon where I received a liberal arts education that prepared me well for medical school and taught me to be an independent thinker. After college I married my wife, whom I have known since high school, and then attended medical school at Oregon Health Sciences University. I graduated with honors and was initiated into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. I then pursued a career in surgery and completed my internship in general surgery at OHSU after being awarded the Outstanding Student Surgery Award as a senior medical student. However, I soon realized that I missed the longer term relationships with my patients that practice in a specialty of internal medicine could offer. Therefore, I followed my gut (pun intended) and began my training in internal medicine and then fellowship in gastroenterology. I could not be happier. Gastroenterology offers me the best of all worlds, appealing to both the technical, hands-on approach of advanced endoscopy and the personal relationships offered by caring for my patients with chronic digestive diseases that require ongoing medical care.