Please note that my office hours may be different from my department's hours of operations.
How to Use My Home Page...
I perform all aspects of adult cardiac surgery. Most of my patients require coronary artery bypass to improve blood flow to the heart muscle. Others require valve repair or replacement, and still others have problems with their aorta.
I believe it is vital for me to convey to a patient and family who are in a difficult situation the real risk to benefit of various surgical or non-surgical options. This is especially true in the trying situation of choosing between two unpleasant alternatives, such as going on living with a fatal condition or going for a cure by undergoing high-risk surgery.
Since I joined Kaiser Permanente as a surgical resident in 1993 and then as a staff cardiac surgeon in 2002, technology continues to advance immeasurably. My colleagues and I embrace new ways of doing heart surgery, such as beating heart bypass, laser revascularization, and surgery for atrial fibrillation. Areas of special interest to me include minimally-invasive aortic and mitral valve surgery, off-pump coronary bypass, and atrial fibrillation surgery.
Kaiser Permanente allows me full access to all state-of-the-art technologies for my patients regardless of cost. My colleagues and I collaborate on all cases where the decision making is not clear-cut. This results in outcomes that are twice as good as those predicted by our national organization.
I grew up in Houston, Texas during the cardiac surgery boom when new operations were headline news, which perhaps influenced my career choice. My family later moved to the east coast, but I came to enjoy California when I began my surgical training and haven't left since.
Other Languages: Spanish
Undergraduate Education: BS in Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvannia State University
Professional Affiliations: American Board of Surgery; American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Publications: PubMed (type cain bs into the Search bar).
Other KP Facilities: Oakland (2002-2010)
Joined Kaiser Permanente: 1993
|University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA|
|UC Davis, Oakland, CA|
|UC San Francisco, San Francisco, CA|
|Thoracic Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery|
|Surgery, American Board of Surgery|
Kaiser Permanente Member Resources
Find a Physician
La Guía en Español
Terms & Conditions