Med School/Year Graduated: Virginia Commonwealth University, 1984
Years in Practice: 26
How did you become interested in studying gynecologic oncology?
Between college and medical school, I worked for two years as a lab technician in an oncology lab at Yale School of Medicine. From that experience, I became dedicated to a career in oncology. I chose it to help make a difference in women’s lives.
Why does gynecologic oncology have separate board exams from standard oncology?
Outcomes studies on gynecologic cancers show that women treated by a gynecologic oncologist have a greater likelihood of prolonged survival compared to care rendered by non-specialists. We’re trained in the entire treatment of women with gynecologic cancers, including advanced surgery and chemotherapy. This allows for expert and comprehensive care.
What is the most common form of gynecologic cancer?
Endometrial cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer. Five out of six women with endometrial cancer can be cured with currently available therapies.
What can women do to be on top of their gynecologic health?
Annual exams with an experienced health care provider are the best approach. These visits should include symptom review, breast and pelvic exams, and a focus on both health maintenance and disease prevention.
You’ve lived in Virginia, Illinois and Alabama throughout your medical career. What did you enjoy about each place? Why did you choose Arizona?
Virginia, I loved the mountains and beaches. In Illinois, I enjoyed the pizza and enthusiastic sports fans. Alabama, I loved the weather and Southern cooking. [Initially,] I chose Arizona because I was recruited to be the division director for gynecologic oncology at the OB-GYN residency at Banner-University Medical Center, and Phoenix was very underserved for this specialty. My family and I have loved living in Arizona and have no plans to ever leave.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Hiking and running, and helping my wife, Wendy, who raises therapy dogs and also trains six horses.
“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…”
I once dreamed of playing professional hockey in the National Hockey League.