I received my medical degree from the University of Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; my master’s degree in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and my bachelor’s degree in life sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I completed my internship and residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine; my fellowship in rheumatology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; and my fellowship in pediatric rheumatology at the Children’s Seashore House and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I am certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and its Sub-board of Pediatric Rheumatology as well as the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Sub-board of Rheumatology. I practice pediatric rheumatology at Albany Med.
I’m well-published in the field of rheumatology. My recent work has centered on patient-focused treatment of rheumatic diseases.
Service has been one of the cornerstones of my career. As a rheumatologist, I have served the Arthritis Foundation, both regionally and nationally. In my leadership capacity in pediatrics, I’ve been a board member for the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatrics. I’ve also served the Ronald McDonald House Charities and Children’s Miracle Network, both at the Central Pennsylvania chapters, and the Four Diamonds, a philanthropy in support of pediatric cancer care and research.
Born and raised in Eastern Massachusetts, I migrated to Albany, NY for medical school where my wife and I found we loved the area (the open spaces, the cost of living and combination of good restaurants and genuine people– without the Boston traffic!). We stayed for my residency in Med-Peds, bought a house (got 2 dogs…), and I discovered a passion for teaching and started on my path in medical education.
I have benefitted from great mentors in Albany. I became the chief resident for Med-Peds, then joined the faculty as Albany Med’s first Med-Peds hospitalist while serving four years as the Associate PD for the Med-Peds Program. I learned a lot about recruitment, resident coaching, and curriculum design while revamping the inpatient Internal Medicine curriculum and the General Pediatrics research curriculum (which would become PedSTAR). In 2016, I was offered the incredible opportunity to become the Program Director of our General Pediatrics Residency Program– a dream job. I maintain clear, honest, and open lines of communication and I welcome new ideas for the program. One of our guiding pronci in the office is Solve Everything– Albany Med is a great place and we constantly strive to continually improve for the Peds and Med-Peds residents.
At home, my wife and I have twin daughters, who are now just starting third grade (Where has the time gone?). In my free time, I train in Judo and Jiu-jitsu (my specialty is arm bars) and enjoy reading diverse non-medical topics ranging from the Economist magazine to the comic book Hellboy.
Pediatric Critical Care