Education and Training
Following graduation from undergraduate school, my interest in serving our nation and those in harm’s way lead me to enter medical school at our Nation’s medical school the Uniformed Service University in Washington D.C. (This is our only federal medical school and was founded to develop leaders in military medicine.) There I became a medical officer in the Air Force, embraced this mission and set out to be the most complete surgeon I could possibly be to serve both our military and civilian patients.
After medical school, I entered my surgical residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio (now UT Health, San Antonio) where I completed my surgical training under the great Dr. J. Bradley Aust as well as many other great surgeons including Dr. Basil Pruitt, Dr. Harlan Root, Dr. Anatolio Cruz, Dr. Ronnie Stewart, and many other highly regarded pillars of the San Antonio surgical community. During my general surgery residency I completed 2 years of a vascular surgery research fellowship beginning, in full force, my interest and drive to advance the field of surgery through both academic research and the practice of surgery.
Following my general surgery residency and board certification by the American Board of Surgery, I entered my residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham under the mentorship of the great Dr. Luis O. Vasconez. Dr. Vasconez was a pioneer (If not legend) in the fields of reconstructive surgery as well as cosmetic surgery. He developed and refined many of the now common plastic surgical procedures performed around the world and is regarded as one of the ‘greats’ by the plastic surgery community. Under his mentorship, as well as many others in the department of plastic surgery at UAB, I not only had a chance to learn and hone my skills in these procedures but also learned the disciplined yet artistic mindset of continuous improvement and refinement of plastic surgery.