|Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA|
|San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center, San Francisco, CA|
|Stanford University Hospital, Stanford, CA|
|Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center, San Francisco, CA|
|Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology|
I was born and raised in Northern California, growing up mostly in San Rafael. I traveled east to attend Harvard College, and then Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. The experience was very stimulating and gratifying, but eight years of snowy winters and humid summers was enough! I moved back to the Bay Area for my general medical internship at San Francisco General Hospital (and what an experience that was!), and then my ophthalmology residency at Stanford Medical Center. I finished my training with a fellowship specializing in glaucoma with Dr. Robert Stamper at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.
I have been with Kaiser Oakland since 1987. I canít imagine working anywhere else. The quality of the physicians who work here is unsurpassed. With Kaiser, I have the freedom to treat patients the way I think is best, and I am able to focus on patient care. My work here is tremendously rewarding.
I specialize in glaucoma. While any general ophthalmologist can handle almost any case of glaucoma, there are special situations where the course of action may not be clear. This is where I may come in. Another circumstance might be when a patient needs surgery for glaucoma, and perhaps the situation is not a straightforward one. I see patients by referral from other ophthalmologists.
My overall philosophical approach to patient care is fairly simple. Although my specialty is quite narrow, I make it a point to listen to and treat the whole patient, not just the eye. Patients are not textbooks, and each patient is going to have different desires and needs. The art of treating glaucoma involves balancing the patientís wishes with the need to treat the problem, to give the patient the best chance of preserving vision, while maintaining the best possible quality of life.
It is difficult to find accurate information about glaucoma that is also simple and clear enough for most patients to understand. Some of the better and more reliable web-sites where you can find information include the following (but be aware that even the best information may not be 100% accurate!):
The Glaucoma Research Foundation
The National Eye Institute
The Glaucoma Foundation
Kaiser Permanente Member Resources
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