I have been practicing Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery since 2002. I love what I do and what I am able to provide for my patients. I have a special interest in minimally invasive and robotic surgery for both the heart and the lungs. I use the da Vinci robot to perform intracardiac valve operations and repair of cardiac defects or removal of tumors. I also use the robot for lung cancer, diaphragm repair, thymectomy and esophageal procedures. I am working closely with my cardiology colleagues to develop a Center of Excellence in the treatment of Atrial Fibrillation. Combining cardiology catheter ablation techniques with robotic ablation to achieve a high rate of success in treating this difficult but common disease. When I am not operating or caring for patients, I enjoy hiking and painting.