EducationM.D., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, September 1978 to May 1982.
B.A., Molecular Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, September 1975 to May 1978.
B.S.E., Computer Science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, September 1975 to May 1978.
Residency/FellowshipFellow, CyberKnife Radiosurgery, Stanford Hospital, Stanford, CA, November 2008 to October 2009.
Fellow, Spinal Cord Injury, Stanford Hospital, Stanford, CA, September 1989 to August 1990.
Resident, Neurosurgery, Stanford Hospital, Stanford, CA, July 1983 to June 1989.
Intern, General Surgery, Stanford Hospital, Stanford, CA, June 1982 to June 1983.
Honors2010 CyberKnife Society Award, Best CNS Presentation
Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society)
Practice ExperienceAttending Neurosurgeon, Locum Tenens, various locations, March 2012 to July 2012 and April 2013 to Present. Providing general neurosurgical services for vacation and holiday coverage.
Vice Chief, Neurosurgery, Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, AK, September 2012 to April 2013. Responsible for brain and spine patients at Anchorage’s ACS Level II trauma hospital. Specialize in trauma, complex spine surgery, and pain. With associate, helped establish a new, comprehensive neuroscience center. Supervised the physician assistant staff, participate in clinical research, and train house officers.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, CA, November 2008 to November 2011. Responsible for the day to day operation of Stanford’s two CyberKnife radiosurgical systems. Treat benign and malignant lesions of the brain and spine. Train neurosurgery residents and fellows. Supervise and train radiation oncology house officers. Provide trauma coverage and other on call Neurosurgery coverage at Stanford and two affiliate hospitals.
Attending Physician, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (Stanford Affiliate), San Jose, CA, February 2008 to June 2011 Responsible for critically ill brain and spine patients at San Jose’s ACS Level I trauma hospital. Specialize in cranial trauma and complex spine surgery. Supervise the physician assistant staff, manage the department educational calendar and quality assurance activities, participate in clinical research, and train neurosurgery and general surgery house officers.
Attending Physician and CEO, Northern California Neurosurgery Medical Group, Inc., Fremont, CA, July 1991 to February 2008. CEO of large multispecialty brain, spine and pain practice. Supervised seven to ten attending physicians and 45 to 55 support staff. Served six hospitals and four surgery centers in three counties. Provided over 200 new patient consults per month and served a clinic population of approximately 18,000 patients. Specialized in complex spinal surgery, minimally invasive surgery, interventional pain management, and general neurosurgery. Personally performed up to 500 surgical procedures annually.
Attending Physician, Kaiser Hospital, San Diego, CA, January 1991 to July 1991. Contracted for neurosurgical care at Kaiser and clinical training for neurosurgery residents at UCSD.
Attending Physician, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, CA, October 1989 to July 2004. Responsible for all aspects of neurosurgical care. Participated in didactic and clinical education for neurosurgery and general surgery house officers.
Attending Physician, Palo Alto V.A. Hospital, October 1989 to October 1990. Provided neurosurgical and spinal cord injury care. Participated in the clinical training of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Spinal Cord Injury residents.
Business DevelopmentBTO Solutions/AgileMD.net, Austin, TX, March 2013 to Present. Advisor and Director, Healthcare Consulting Practice. Developing and marketing a tele-health, software aggregation and single sign on solution for medical professionals. Providing specifications, supervising development team, developing demo use cases, and marketing the software to the healthcare industry.
Best-Medical, Inc., San Jose, CA, March 2012 to Present. Advisor. Developed a new and unique navigation engine for medical sites. Marketing web site design, implementation and content for medical practice sites.
PainUniversity.com, Pleasanton, CA, November 2011 to Present. CEO of medical start-up company providing specialized medical content, search services, and social network features to patients, providers, and medical/paraprofessional students.
Northern California Neurosurgery Medical Group, Inc., Fremont, CA, July 1991 to February 2008. Founder and CEO of multispecialty brain, spine and pain practice that grossed up to $18M/year.
Quality Assurance ExperienceIndependent Medical-Legal and Utilization Review, July 1991 to present. Performs chart reviews and physical examinations to render expert opinions regarding quality of care, appropriateness of care, utilization, billing, and coding accuracy. Performs personal injury evaluations for plaintiff and defense. Reviews standard of care and practitioner competence for hospitals, medical staff organizations, and health care systems.
Retained Consultant, Allmed, ProPeer, Imedics, PIMSCO, and other review agencies, January 2004 to present. Performed quality assurance and standard of care reviews and utilization reviews for non-governmental agencies. Reviewed charts and performed forensic medical legal examinations for plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury actions.
Consultant, Lumetra, January 2003 to present. Performed quality of care reviews for Medicare recipients. Provides quality improvement advice and advice on the adherence of medical practitioners to the standard of care. Recommends implementation of sanctions.
CommitteesOrgan and Tissue Committee member, February 2008 to February 2009. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, CA. Participated in strategic planning and the implementation of policies regarding organ and tissue procurement.
Bioethics Committee member, February 2008 to February 2009. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, CA. Participated in patient bioethics consultations and teaching rounds.
Vice Chief of Surgery, July 2003 to June 2006. ValleyCare Medical Center Pleasanton, CA. Involved with the oversight of the surgical staff. Performed departmental quality assurance functions, including review of medical care to assess standard of care issues. Supervised monthly morbidity and mortality conferences.
Medical Executive Committee member, July 1998 to June 2006. TriValley Surgery Center Pleasanton, CA. Responsible for all aspects of surgery center business and clinical management.
Chair of Bioethics Committee, ValleyCare Medical Center Pleasanton, CA. July 2001 to June 2004. Built a cohesive, multispecialty team. Rewrote hospital policy for end of life care and the use of non-traditional specialties. Oversaw all patient bioethics consultations.
Chair of Investigational Review Board, ValleyCare Medical Center Pleasanton, CA. July 2001 to June 2004. Developed a structured approach for the rapid review of low risk research protocols. Assisted research teams develop and implement protocols. Worked with local allied health educators to develop student research programs. Oversaw all ongoing research projects.
Chair of Pain Improvement Committee, ValleyCare Medical Center Pleasanton, CA. July 2001 to June 2004. Developed JCAHO compliant policies and procedures for hospital based pain services.
California State QME Test Development Committee member, May 2000. Sacramento, CA. Subject matter expert in medical practice guidelines and workers’ compensation legal issues. Helped create test sections to validate medical and chiropractic practitioner proficiency.
|Fellow, American College of Surgeons||American Association of Neurological Surgeons|
|Diplomat, American Board of Neurosurgery||Congress of Neurological Surgeons|
|North American Spine Society|
|California Medical License, G52334.||CA Radiology and Fluoroscopy, RHD136128.|
|Alaska License, MED S 7704||Washington, DC License, MD040626|
|Federal DEA License, AL2636908.|