Who or what inspired you? Why did you become a neonatologist?
I’ve always wanted to be a pediatrician, and I was for several years before becoming a neonatologist.
I found the physiology of the fetus and neonate fascinating, and loved the clinical work associated with it.
Working to care for babies and their families during their NICU course is immensely rewarding, and I hope that the work we do makes a profound positive impact.
How long have you been a neonatologist or NP? How long have you been with FNA?
I was a pediatrician, then a neonatologist in the US Navy for 11 years before joining FNA, where I have been since 2008.
Until 2021, when I began as Medical Director at Loudoun, I was practicing primarily at Inova Children’s Hospital in Fairfax, but now I get to work at not just Loudoun, but Fair Oaks and Fairfax as well.
What is your favorite thing about working with babies (or FNA)?
I love to see a baby make landmark steps in their progress, like coming off a ventilator, feeding by mouth for the first time, or coming out of an isolette. And of course, seeing a family go home after a long NICU course is a beautiful thing.
What would be your best advice for new parents or soon-to-be new parents?
Notice things, live in the now – with each other and with your baby.
Reviewing stoic philosophy will help as well.
How would you describe your care philosophy?
Generally, I want to let/allow babies grow, develop, and mature with the least amount of pressure.
I want to provide what they need to move themselves forward – respiratory support, nutrition, environment – and be patient with them.
What do you like to do in your free time when you’re not helping patients?
I most love to spend time at home with my family.
Fitness is also a big part of my life – trips to the beach and mountains brings these things together.
Who is your personal hero?
My wife – she’s a wonderful mother to our children, an amazing pediatrician, and improves me as a person.