I’m a native Appalachian, born in Morgantown, West Virginia; at the time, my father was in college studying to become a county agricultural agent, and my mother was in her first year as a schoolteacher. The farm where my mother was born has been in the family for over a century, and I still visit it regularly to hike, hunt, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. I also enjoy bicycling and photography, and I am an avid reader.
My wife Natalie and I have been married for 34 years, and we’ve lived in the Johnson City area for 25 years. East Tennessee was a great place for us to raise our daughter, Karen, who now lives in Philadelphia and works as a biochemist. Her husband, Walt, is a native Tennessean. I believe in the potential of our home, and I want to do everything I can to make sure that East Tennessee continues to be a great place to settle down and start a family.
I am a physician who has worked as an OB-GYN and medical school instructor in the first district for 25 years. For the past quarter of a century, it has been my pleasure and honor to serve patients from all walks of life – from doctors, bankers, and lawyers to pregnant teenagers, prisoners, and people down on their luck. This experienced has only served to strengthen my belief that people are more alike than different. As an educator, not only do I provide care for patients, I also have an impact on the care patients receive in the future. It is an incredible privilege to have such influence on the future of medical care, and I do everything in my power to ensure that future patients receive the care they deserve.
Throughout my time in Tennessee’s first district, I’ve been drawn to patients who need more than routine care. I started my career here by establishing an obstetric clinic for pregnant teenagers. I have worked with sexual abuse survivors, staffed a clinic at the Greene Valley Developmental Center, and currently work with opioid-addicted pregnant women to help reduce the risk of addiction in their newborns.
I have also worked internationally, giving medical education lectures in nine countries outside the United States. Some of the most gratifying work I’ve done has been helping to establish maternal safety initiatives to protect the lives of pregnant women and their newborns in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan. This has helped me to understand the situation in the Middle East from an inside perspective, and has been a source of great personal fulfillment.