In early 2004, at age 36, I learned that I was going to be a new father of twin girls. At that point, I weighed over 200 pounds, was inactive, and ate horribly. I generally did not feel well and I was worried about what kind of parent I would become. Would I be an overweight, tired, sickly older dad unable to keep up with my kids? The thought of being a second-rate father was almost as troubling to me as the thought of not become a father at all. I decided to take action. Through my medical training and my practice as an Allergist/Immunologist, I knew a great deal about how to become healthy. I made up my mind to start to use my knowledge to become a healthier person and, hopefully, a better father. In the process, I lost 50 pounds and have become energetic and fit. I have now completed seven marathons, a large number of triathlons including an iron-distance race, and numerous other fitness events. This website is intended to share with you the lessons I have learned and continue to learn. As such, I dedicate this blog to my family but, especially, my first kids Audrey and Isabelle.
My education and training includes a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University with a double major in History and Biology and an MD from Duke University School of Medicine. My residency training in Pediatrics was at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and my fellowship training in Allergy/Immunology was at the University of Washington Medical Center.
Over the years, I have authored numerous peer-reviewed original-research studies as well as a number of review articles. I have also given lectures to an enormous variety of audiences, including interactive sessions for family groups and school nurses and CME-certified lectures to physicians. Additionally, I have reviewed an untold number of manuscripts for high-profile medical journals in my specialty. I am recognized as an authority in my specialty and have held leadership positions on both a regional and national basis.
I truly enjoy what I do.