About Me

I am a board-certified anesthesiologist and perioperative physician who specializes in preoperative assessment and medical optimization of patients before surgery. I have spent the last 20 years developing expertise in this area in order to guide patients through the surgical phase of care and enhance their recovery. As a trained anesthesiologist, I have direct insight as to the intraoperative process as well as means to mitigate the risks of postoperative complications. As a preoperative specialist, I have expertise in ways manage conditions putting patients at  increased risk complications, prolonged hospital stay, and/or  hospital readmission.

With regards to  the academic setting, I am an associate professor of anesthesiology and  section head for perioperative medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine. I am immediate past president for the Society for Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement (SPAQI) and the director of the society’s annual CME meeting, The Perioperative Medicine Summit.  With this, I support both educational and research missions to teach other physicians and clinicians how to preoperatively manage surgical patients and review the latest research in this area so all are up to date.

Overall, I have a special interest and expertise in perioperative medicine, enhanced recovery,  patient safety and quality improvement initiatives.