I was born in Brooklyn, but came to Monmouth County with my family in 1957 when still a toddler. I’ve lived all my life here. All the time I was growing up, my father was an orthopedic surgeon in Monmouth County, and two of my uncles were also doctors. That’s how I came by my interest in medicine. Sometimes I would go to hospitals with my father, and so I was exposed to the surgical aspects of it, and other procedures like putting casts on people. I enjoyed watching, and learning. I also noticed how well my father would relate to people, and I came to realize that his patients were just as devoted to him. Not only did he help people with their illness, he made a connection with them on a personal level. I decided early on that I wanted to be a doctor – the same kind of doctor as my father. I wanted to practice medicine with all the scientific expertise and training that’s essential to do the job well, but also to put patients at ease, answer all their questions in plain language and allow them to participate in their own healthcare decisions.
I completed my Orthopedic training at UMDNJ/Newark, where I served as administrative chief resident at the Level One trauma center. This is one of the busiest trauma centers in the U.S., and there I was exposed to lots of traumatic injury and reconstructive procedures. In a way, it was a trial by fire, but it gave me really good surgical training. There’s not much that will face you in private practice that you haven’t seen in a program like that. It prepared me to deal with all kinds of chronic and acute pain due to hip, knee and shoulder injuries.
I opened my practice in 1988, so I’ve been practicing in Monmouth County for 29 years. I’ve always felt it was a beautiful, safe place to raise a family – a nice mix of suburban and rural, and not far from New York City and Philadelphia. Also, there’s the ocean, which gives me the opportunity to relax with my favorite hobby – fishing.
I come from a family of 8 children, and my wife and I have raised 5 of our own. One of my sons is graduating from medical school this spring, and he will begin training as an orthopedic surgeon in the University of Miami in June. He is looking forward to joining my practice when his training is complete – making the third generation of orthopedic surgeons in the family!
I love what I do, and I wouldn’t change a thing. I am a sole practitioner because I want to answer only to myself and my patients, not some group practice or bureaucratic organization. This allows me to set my own schedules and devote the time and attention that each patient deserves, to answer all their questions and for us to get to know each other. I don’t mind the extra work that this entails. Moreover, when I go to the doctor I hate having to sit in the waiting room for a long time. I value my patients’ time, and I don’t want them waiting for an hour in the office to see me.
When a patient comes in they know they will see me, not some other doctor, from diagnosis through recovery. I want to establish and maintain that unique personal doctor-patient relationship that I admired so much when watching my father. That’s why the motto of my practice is, ‘One Doctor, Your Doctor.’ I wouldn’t have it any other way.