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Biography

I am the eldest son of immigrants from Greece.  When my parents arrived in this country they could not speak the language.  They both independently set out to better themselves and their situation.  They met, fell in love, and my brother and I are a result of their union.  As a result of our upbringing, I believe that we are a nice amalgam of "old school" and "new school."  We share our parents' ideal of bettering ourselves and our situation and in the process serving and bettering our community.

I think it would have been cheaper and easier if I had been born a surgeon but fortunately that is not how life works and my journey to become a surgeon involved many small, seemingly insignificant, steps that led me to become a surgeon.

Starting out as a paperboy and working my way up through library book re-shelf-er, theater usher, telephone operator, salesperson, flavor and fragrance compounder, and teacher's assistant taught me many valuable lessons.  These are lessons that I use every day in my interactions with all my patients and colleagues.

 

As my career continues, my patients continue to teach me new things daily.  It is this opportunity for continued learning combined with the opportunity to help people in need that keeps me coming back for more.  I look forward to many more years learning from and helping the people of Whidbey Island.

Education & Training

1981-1985

BA Biology, University Of Chicago

1986-1990

Medical School, Loyola Stritch School of Medicine

1990-1995

Surgical Residency, Loyola University Medical Center

Certifications

-ACLS (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support)
-BLS (Basic Life Support)
-PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
-ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support)
-ABS (American Board of Surgery)