I studied at Harvard Medical School (MD,1996) and was in the first group of trainees at the Harvard Emergency Medicine Residency Program (1996-2000). In 2014, I moved to New Plymouth, New Zealand. For years I have enjoyed running, rowing, reading, and playing guitar. My three daughters are ages 11, 16, and 22 and soon I will become a grandfather.
In 2015, my younger brother in America was suddenly killed by an intoxicated driver while cycling. The driver was also taking opioids. This tragedy heightened my interest in personal wellbeing (including mental health) for those of us in emergency medicine. I felt fortunate to have some background in mindfulness as well as a focus on my physical health. Employee assistance program counselling was also useful. My colleagues and I organised Humanity: a Taranaki Emergency Medicine conference for February of 2021, with 91 attendees. This conference renewed my love and appreciation for EM.