I am the medical director for the Chemistry and Microbiology laboratories for MU Health Care. As part of the healthcare team, I provide strategies for working up difficult diagnoses and recommend ways for efficient/cost-effective follow-up on the full spectrum of medical conditions. I am fellowship trained in diseases of the blood — coagulopathies, anemias, leukemias, and lymphomas — and also offer expert consultation in this field.
I teach second year medical students in the Patient Based Learning curriculum at the University of Missouri. I also have daily teaching rounds with resident physicians. Covering topics from basic medical sciences up through sub-specialist patient care is challenging, stimulating, and rewarding. I find it hard not to smile when a student or resident has a "Eureka!" moment or when I see them use that new knowledge to better care for their patients.
While working with the University of Missouri and the Cerner Corporation on new ways to visualize data within the medical record, we created some new ideas around bringing in evidence based medicine into the chart "just in time." The technologies and concepts we developed still form the basic framework for efficient physician workflows within the Cerner PowerChart EMR.
My undergraduate degree is in Computer Science. My first job — right out of college — was working for The Boeing Company as a software engineer coding in C++ for the F/A-18 Advanced Mission Computer. I cannot give Boeing enough credit for developing my perspectives in systems, quality, efficiency, and project management. Plus, in the five years I worked for Boeing I spent thousands of hours in simulated flight in the F/A-18, testing the software systems I created. That's just about as much fun a person should be allowed to have with both feet on the ground.
After Boeing, I developed the mpix.com prosumer photography website for Miller's Professional Imaging, further rounding out my software skills and experiences.
I still love to code and dabble in all sorts of projects. As a medical student I wrote an iOS application for secure paging for the hospital system. As a resident I wrote a flow cytometry analysis suite so I could learn more about how flow cytometry worked.