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My Areas of Practice
As a specialist in the area of Gastroenterology, I see a wide variety of patients with problems related to the gastrointestinal tract. The approach that I take for all patients stresses education about symptoms and their causes. I feel that the best informed patient is the one that will do the best!
An important part of evaluation and treatment in Gastroenterology is the use of endoscopy. It has allowed more accurate diagnoses and reassurance to patients. Screening colonoscopy and the removal of colon polyps reduces the risk of colon cancer and is an important part of my practice as well.
In the clinic, I have extensive experience in the treatment of patients with inflammatory bowel disease. The development of new therapies in recent years has made this an exciting area.
I also volunteer as a Health Officer and Medical Advisor to YMCA Camp Menogyn on the Gunflint Trail. To support this work I am trained in Wilderness Medicine as well.
Gastroenterology: University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinic
BA: Case Western Reserve University
Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine: Hennepin County Medical Center
Certification: American Board of Gastroenterology
American Gastroenterology Association
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
American College of Physicians
Wilderness Medical Society
I grew up in Akron, Ohio when it was the "Rubber Capital of the World". Not surprisingly, my first summer job in my college years was in the rubber compound quality control lab for Patch Rubber Company. My interests ran to Chemistry and Biology as well as the accuracy of research design and statistics. My undergraduate degree in Chemistry was followed by a Masters degree in Biostatistics. I have always found this training helpful in the interpretation of data and the critical review of medical research publications. After teaching Biostatistics for some years at the School of Medicine at the University of North Dakota, I enrolled as a student there and graduated with an MD in 1982.
I married Jean in 1980 and we have two wonderful children - Kate born in 1985 and Michael born in 1989. Despite having never smoked, Jean developed advanced lung cancer in 2005 and died in 2007. All of us benefitted greatly from the Park Nicollet hospice program.
Since both our children have a love of the natural world and had transformational experiences on trips through YMCA Camp Menogyn, it was natural for me to support the camp. I have served as a health officer and medical advisor there for some years.