As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a doctor. I have always been
fascinated with biology and motivated by a desire to help people. Being a
non-traditional student, the path I took to medical school was not a direct one.
But I feel that my life experiences have helped me to be a more mature and
well-rounded individual. For the 10 years prior to medical school, I completed a
Ph.D. in Computer Science, was awarded a few research grants, taught at the
college level, and worked as a Software Engineer. While considering post-doctoral opportunities, it became very clear that
my primary desire in life was to be a physician. I took time to work out the
details with my wife and children. We concluded that academics, finances, and
family responsibilities were not limiting factors, and I began to focus on
becoming a doctor.
I attended medical school at George
Washington University. I hold a B.S. in Microbiology from the
of Maryland College Park and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the
of Maryland Baltimore County. My research interests include medical
informatics, data management, human computer interaction, and software safety. My research focus has been to
develop new modalities that tightly couple computers to the
essential processes of patient care. My dissertation
extended the theory of perceptual structures to multimodal speech recognition
interfaces for clinical data collection. Before attending medical school, I was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of
Computer Science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
I have been the Principal Investigator one million dollars in research grants
sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, the National Center for Research
Resources, and the Advanced Research Projects Agency. I have been the author or
guest editor on several publications in computer science, medical informatics,
and medicine. Before medical school, I worked for Segue
Biomedical Computing, a company I co-founded.
I have several years of clinical experience in community health, working with
underserved populations, and on children's health issues as a volunteer for the
Howard County Board of Health, the St. Agnes Hospital Community Care Center, and
the Howard County 'Not My Kid' Campaign. I have had other clinical experiences
such as job shadowing a number of physicians and working in the Emergency
Department of Howard County Hospital. I also volunteered for several community
organizations and received the Charles E. Miller award for Howard County
Volunteer of the Year.