As a pediatric general and transplant surgeon, I specialize in abdominal transplantation, surgical oncology and general surgery. I also care for patients who have end-stage kidney and liver disease. For each patient and family, I try to make complex diseases and clinical care more easily understandable.
My father, who was a physician, inspired me with his example and his commitment to his patients and their care. My experiences as a surgical resident, specifically my time doing basic science here at Cincinnati Children's, inspired me to pursue pediatric surgery and transplantation.
While I have my own special skills that play a role in a patient's care, I’m often a member of a multidisciplinary team caring for a patient. Our team is committed to working together to provide the most effective and safest care for the patient. Some of our surgeries are very complex, so I walk patients and families through the process to help them understand the procedure and to answer their questions.
In addition to patient care, my research involves the development and treatment of a pediatric tumor called hepatoblastoma, which is the most common malignant tumor of the liver in children. I am looking at the cellular drivers of this tumor and hope to discover new therapies that may have fewer or less severe side effects than the current therapy. I also participate in research attempting to improve current surgical therapies for hepatoblastoma.
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have three young children, and along with my wife, we like to hike in our local park, do yard work and play games together.