Howdy everyone! Little me spent the first few years of his life on or around Air Force bases in Louisiana and Delaware, chasing horse-sized mosquitoes with a flyswatter, and eatin…err…exhausting many boxes of crayons. After moving to Nashville, Tennessee with my parents–a CRNA and a jet pilot–and younger sister, I passed the rest of my childhood riding bikes, playing an excessive amount of video games, learning to tolerate country music, and drinking so much Dr. Pepper that it is forever ruined in my eyes.
I didn’t stray far from home for college and attended Vanderbilt University to study biomedical engineering. I spent my weekends rock climbing, whitewater canoeing, brewing biodiesel, and participating in an array of service organizations. Disillusioned by the swarming packs of panicky premeds on campus and interested in playing adult after graduation, I accepted my most interesting job offer out of college and moved to oil country.
I split time in various engineering roles between Texas (H-Town), Louisiana (not the Big Easy), and various oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, weathering the effects of both the Great Recession and the 2010 BP Disaster on the petroleum industry. During this era, my experience as a volunteer at Ben Taub Hospital and several seasons of playoff-less Rockets basketball helped me clarify my career interests and plot a new trajectory.
I prepped for the MCAT during late nights offshore and finished my outstanding prerequisite courses at the U. of Houston. Having established Texas residency and eligibility for the state’s medical school network, I moved to Dallas to attend UT Southwestern. While studying quality of life measures in emergent dialysis patients over the summer after my first year, I was drawn to the energy and pace of life in the ED. Despite enjoying aspects of each of my clinical rotations, I quickly realized my future lie in emergency medicine.
In my free time, I enjoy wrestling with my two rambunctious dogs, playing soccer, reading fiction, and taking long Segway rides on the beach. I have a propensity for telling bad jokes and a serious addiction to lemon-flavored sparkling water. I also once jumped a 1969 Dodge Charger clean over Dry Creek and totally stuck the landing, although irreversible damage was done to the vehicle’s frame. (Note: The previous sentence may have been plagiarized from an episode of ‘The Dukes of Hazzard.’) That said, I’m excited to relocate to the awesome city of Chicago and join the UCEM Residency Class of 2019!