EDUCATION

Undergraduate
  • Princeton University

Medical School

  • University of North Carolina , Chapel Hill , NC

Internship

  • Virginia Mason Hospital , Seattle , WA

Graduate Degree

  • University Hospital, Seattle , Seattle , WA

Fellowship

  • Boston Children's Hospital , Boston , MA

I became an otolaryngologist because I was fascinated and thrilled with the complex anatomy and physiology of the head and neck, and because otolaryngology often offers the opportunity to substantially improve a patient’s life.  I went into pediatric otolaryngology primarily because I enjoy hanging out with children.  My goal is to provide great care and great communication to every child and their family.  This can be a challenge in our modern, fast-paced health care system but I do my best. 

Children often have a natural fear of seeing a doctor, particularly a stranger.  If I can help your child feel a bit more comfortable, it makes my day.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from Princeton University in 1988, and then spent 2.5 years teaching Math and Science in the Peace Corps in rural Nepal.  I trained at the University of North Carolina, spent a research year in Seattle, and then completed internship and residency in Seattle.  I did my pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital in 1996, and have been on the faculty here since.

During my residency and for the first 8 years in Boston, I worked in basic science labs studying hair cell protection and regeneration in the inner ear. Since 2003, my main academic interest has been in patient safety and quality.  I was the Director of Implementation for the Quality program at Boston Children’s for 8 years.  I was co-chair of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Patient Safety and Quality committee from 2009 – 2015 and remain a consultant to that committee.  I am the chair of my department’s quality committee, where we have numerous active projects to improve care and the patient experience within our department.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Otolaryngology