I am a fellowship trained, double board certified, interventional pain medicine physician serving Des Moines metro and central Iowa with Pain Specialists of Iowa.
Originally, from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, I was excited to relocate to the Des Moines area where my wife attended Drake University. I attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where I earned a Bachelors in Science (B.S.) in Molecular and Cellular Biology, a Bachelors of Arts (B.A) in Spanish, as well as a minor in chemistry While enrolled, I was also active in conducting research with honeybees in a university laboratory, coaching a high school basketball team, and volunteering my time at a local hospital.
I was then accepted into the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science for medical school. I earned my Medical Degree (M.D.) in 2011, and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) National Medical Honor Society. While in medical school, I worked at Hospira Pharmaceuticals in their Medical Affairs department, helping assist with medical education for other medical professionals.
I was then accepted to Duke University to compete my anesthesiology residency training. Before relocating to Durham, North Carolina, I completed an internal medicine year in medicine at University of Illinois Hospital. During my residency at Duke, I received well-rounded didactic and clinical experience from the esteemed faculty. I was voted as Resident Teaching Scholar in my final year, while remaining active in clinical research during my residency. While a resident, I also instructed ultrasound guided regional anesthesia nerve blocks at numerous regional and national conferences.
I chose to stay at Duke University for my pain fellowship, given the complexity and quality of the training. In addition to extensive training in X-ray and ultrasound guided injections, I performed over 70 implants of spinal cord stimulators, cancer pain pumps, and kyphoplasties, which I am excited to bring to our growing practice. I also published numerous publications including papers on ketamine, fibromyalgia, occipital nerve stimulation, and a book chapter on intrathecal pumps while a fellow.
I remain active in pain education of medical students, resident physicians, and attending physicians of all specialties in our practice. I am committed and proud to bring my breadth of training in pain medicine to treat all of my diverse patient’s pain conditions, with a goal of improved pain control and functional improvement.