Section Chief, Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Occupational Medicine; Family Medicine
Functional restoration, work-related musculoskeletal
disorders, permanent impairment ratings, disability management,
At Dartmouth-Hitchcock since 2003
Meet Your Doctor
What led you to work in health care?
A long line of physicians in my family combined with a desire to improve the health of communities. In particular, I have been fascinated by the impact that work has on health and that health has on work. This led me to specialize in occupational medicine.
What about your line of work do you find most rewarding and why?
The most rewarding aspect of my work is the personal relationships I form with my patients in helping them navigate complex medical and vocational decisions.
In your opinion, what is the most important factor in your relationship with patients?
The importance of listening to the specific concerns a patient has, answering their questions and understanding their values.
What are your top priorities for every patient you see?
Listen to their concerns; provide comfort; give education and answer their questions; assist them in making treatment decisions appropriate to them as individuals; and help them stay or return to work and other social priorities.