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Life as an Emergency Physician

I was eighteen and on my first EMS run.  We neared the bend on Highway 27 with lights and siren wailing into the darkness.  Ahead, I could see the smoking, overturned car and knew right then, my life's purpose.

I am now a Board Certified and Residency-Trained Emergency Physician. I attended University of Wisconsin Medical School (AOA) and then University of Chicago for my Emergency Medicine training.  I was an intern along with ER's Carter during Chicago's Heat Disaster, Summer of 1995 (and, as it turned out, ER's premiere season).  Selected as Air Medical Chief Resident.

Some further data - During pre med and med school I was an active member of Fitch-Rona EMS in suburban Dane County as well as Tri-State EMS in Viroqua.  For a year before I began medical school I worked full-time as a paramedic for the U.S. Virgin Islands EMS, months after huricane Hugo decimated the islands. 

Formerly, faculty @ the University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency as well as assistant professor of emergency medicine and Vice Chair at Mt. Sinai - Chicago.

I specialize in Emergency Ultrasound practice and instruction and have RDMS certification.  Helped bring Emergency Ultrasound to my rural hometown.  I serve as medical director for Ocooch Mountain Rescue EMS

I was a flight physician on U.W. Medflight as well as U.C.A.N. (University of Chicago) and have eleven years teaching Emergency Medicine at our beloved and embattled inner-city Trauma Center.  I've had the privilege of teaching over 2000 residents and students in my career.  In 2000 I was awarded "Teacher of the Year" at the University of Chicago EM Residency.

Now, once again, I work the mean country ER of my fantastic home town of Viroqua, WI... aiding the urgent ailings of my former school teachers, my neighbors, my tribe.  It is truly an honor to go to work everyday.


I wrote a little book about my experiences at an inner city trauma center as an assistant professor, emergency physician.  A collection of reflective poetry, B&W photography and short stories. 

Available for purchase/preview here.