My medical career began when I joined the Navy from high school, becoming a Corpsman. After my tours of active duty, I remained in the naval reserve and pursued my medical education. At San Diego State University (SDSU), I received my Bachelor’s in Health Science, then graduated from the Stanford PA Program, and received a Master’s Degree in General Surgery from the University of Nebraska. During PA school training in 1989, I attended a Grand Rounds lecture on liver failure and transplantation by a hepatologist from the newly formed transplant program at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco, and I was hooked.
Upon graduation, I began my career in the field of transplantation at CPMC in 1990, then helped to re-establish the transplant program at Stanford University in 1995; becoming the first PA to be credentialed at Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LSPCH). Over the subsequent 25 years, I dedicated my efforts to advance clinical practice through translation of scientific information, development of standards and clinical mentoring, while assisting in over 1,500 liver transplants, and training hundreds of residents and over 40 surgical fellows. I have co-authored over 12 peer-reviewed papers, and wrote the Manual of Adult and Pediatric Liver Transplant Protocols, used by coordinators, residents, fellows, and attendings.
Throughout my career, I have received numerous awards. I was honored with the President’s Award at SDSU for the development of a scholarship program for underserved students pursuing degrees in healthcare. In 2010, I received the Stanford School of Medicine’s Mary Em Wallace Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and service as a role model. I was the inaugural recipient of the ASTS Advanced Practitioner Award in 2011. Additionally, I gave the Keynote Address at the Commencement of the School of Medicine’s PA Class of 2014.
As clinician and educator, I am the Senior Physician Assistant for the Division of Multi-Organ Transplant and the Department of Surgery. I have taken the lead in the training and career development of Advance Practice Providers(APPs) and there are now over 100 APPs providing care throughout the Stanford Health Care System, LSPCH, and the Palo Alto V.A. I have served on multiple executive committees including the Stanford University Education Advisory Committee for the PA School transition to a Master’s Program and the Medical Board’s Interdisciplinary Practice Committee.
Continuing to serve my country, I rose through the enlisted ranks and am a commissioned officer in the Naval Medical Service Corps, with deployments for Operation Desert Storm and the War in Iraq. I am appointed as the Senior Medical Officer for my reserve unit attached to Camp Pendleton.
My goal, in seeking to serve this council, is to develop and increase the recruitment and participation of APPs in the ASTS. I aim to assist the leadership of the ASTS in programs to increase organ donation, particularly in the minority community. Finally, I seek to collaborate with transplant surgeons to further develop programs to educate and train APPs to enhance their expertise in transplantation.