I am committed to providing quality medical care to a wide cross section of patients of all ages, with a special focus on preventative care. A unifying theme of my care is patient education and the prevention of disease, and as part of a patient-centered “medical home” that is designated Level 3—the highest level--by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, I am dedicated to empowering patients through education and giving them the tools to make informed decisions about their medical care. I am convinced that educated patients often become engaged patients, and engaged patients often reap the best health benefits due to their increased knowledge and efforts at maintaining optimal health. My patients also benefit from the team-based model of care I practice: in collaboration with other physicians and health care providers, I work to coordinate health plans that are tailored to my patients’ individual needs.
I also teach medical students and residents in the Department of Family Medicine, encouraging a team-based approach to patient care. I draw out the knowledge that my trainees have gained over time, and I help them convert that knowledge into daily clinical practice. The patients my trainees care for receive well-thought-out care plans--plans that are crafted after meaningful discussion about the conditions and medical histories of our patients as well as the risks and benefits of testing and/or medical interventions.
I foster students’ and residents’ sensitivity to the socioeconomic disparities among patients and equip them to provide the best possible care despite the challenges accompanying these disparities. I believe strongly in making every attempt to remove or address blocks that interfere with quality medical care for our patients, and I work to ensure that my trainees become physicians who will do the same on behalf of their future patients.