Originally I am from the Midwest, but moved to the Washington, DC area in 1981 to begin my ophthalmology residency at the Washington Hospital Center. After finishing the residency in 1984, I joined William Foote M.D. in his practice located on Connecticut Avenue near Chevy Chase Circle in Washington DC. Dr. Foote had been in practice since 1945 and was a gentleman and a great role model. In addition he was an avid Washington Redskins fan as well as a good tennis player who followed the game with interest. He retired in 1989 and I was a solo physician until 1993 when I joined a group with Dr’s Mark Whitten, Robert Day and Walter Patterson (no relation to me!). The group had four offices including two in Virginia, and I spent too much time on the road, so in 1997 I left the group to resume my solo practice.
Since that time my main office has been in Bethesda, Maryland with a part time office in downtown Washington, DC. My preference of medical care is to keep the number of patients small enough which allows me to work without a technician at the Bethesda office. At my DC office I do have a technician because of the limited time at that location.
My home is in North Arlington and I am proud to be the father of two grown children. One of the activities that I enjoy outside of work is hiking with my wife. Our favorite hikes include the C&O canal and starting near the Cathedral in Northwest DC continuing through Rock Creek Park and Georgetown. In addition to hiking I am an avid reader, with Lord of the Rings at the top of my list. During the warm months, golf is very relaxing for me although I wish my scores were better!