As chair of the Professional Development Course, my focus is to assist students in making the transition to their new profession, providing a foundation in ethics, knowledge of the PA profession and understanding the healthcare system. I also co-chair the master’s-level Rural and Urban Underserved Populations course, and serve as clinical coordinator covering much of eastern Washington.
Born and raised in Brooklyn and Long Island, I graduated from the State University College of New York at Potsdam with a degree in psychology, and served as a Navy Corpsman from 1969 to 1974, working mostly in psychiatric inpatient and outpatient settings. Having a greater interest in medicine than psychology, I later graduated from the Duke University Physician Associate Program in 1977 and worked for several years as a primary care solo practitioner in rural communities in Atkinson NC and Grand Coulee WA before joining the Family Medicine Spokane Residency Program in 1984. In 1985, the Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center was created as part of the University of Washington WWAMI-AHEC Program, and I was the director from its inception through September 2005, when I left to join MEDEX. My wife, Christy, and I live in the small town of Medical Lake just outside of Spokane since 1984. She is a registered nurse and retired in December 2009. We have four adult children and a growing number of grandchildren, and are both very actively involved in the community. Camping, hiking, canoeing and other outdoor activities help keep us young!