I grew up in Southern California and graduated with a degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego, before attending medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. After an internship in Internal Medicine and residency in Anesthesiology at Stanford, I went to Seattle Children's Hospital for a fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology. From 1998 to 2020, I was member of the Department of Anesthesiology at Children's Mercy Kansas City with an academic appointment at the University of Missouri Kansas City. In 2014, I returned to Stanford for a in Pediatric Pain Management. Until 2020, I was the medical director of the Comprehensive Pain Management Program and Opioid Stewardship Program at Children's Mercy Kansas City. In this capacity, I had a major role developing systems for substance use disorder prevention, recognition, and treatment. In 2021, I had the good fortune to join the board of directors of Benilde Hall where my clinical experiences and passion for reducing the human toll of substance use disorder can be put to good use.