I’m born and raised in Chicago. Early life in the northern suburbs (go Skokie!), and undergrad studying economics at the University of Chicago. I did my medical education at University of Illinois at Chicago, both med school and residency, and stayed at one of our primary residency teaching sites, Mercy Hospital (a busy, high acuity urban department) after graduation. In 2007, one of my residency classmates started a real ED at the Jesse Brown VA, about a mile from my house, and convinced me to join him. Chad still has the power to convince anyone to do just about anything (he now leads all of VA Emergency Medicine), but this is one thing I’m glad he convinced me of; I love practicing EM at the VA—it’s a unique environment with the best patients in the world, and I hope to be able to practice within it for the rest of my working life.
I still do moonlight at a couple of other Departments—one busy Level I trauma center in Chicago (also one of the UIC EM residency core sites), and one tiny rural place in southern Nevada. Not only do both experiences keep my skills sharp (especially the rural 24’s!), but I like seeing the vastly different practice settings, and how each changes over the years.
I got involved with our state Chapter of ACEP (ICEP) about 18 years ago. We are an education-heavy chapter, and I started with a lecture in our written board review course. Eventually, I did multiple lectures, and progressed to taking over as course director and committee chair. That led me to the ICEP Board of Directors, and ICEP presidency, which finished the spring. It was certainly a different presidency year than I had expected, but gratifying—we managed to keep the chapter afloat through some difficult economic times, and pivot a lot of our previously live products to virtual ones (obviously this was mainly due to immense work from ICEP staff, and the shocking talents of our participating members).
Outside of EM, I run and hike (run in Chicago, hike anywhere I travel that has some actual elevation), watch prestige TV and eat fried chicken (ideally at the same time), and try to spend as much time with my family as possible (15 and 17 year old sons, now dawning with the shocking realization that there’s only one more year with everyone in the house).