Two years ago, at the age of 36, I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. My mom died of cancer in her early 50s, and her father in his early 40s, and his father, and so on, and so on. I needed the health system to work for me. And much more importantly, I needed it to work for my 1 and 3 year old boys. And it did. It worked because I had two things: incredible access to care, and the highest quality clinical care. Im healthy now, but the world looks different. I no longer have time to work on small problems. There is only time for big problems. As a geriatric rehab doc, my focus is the quality of life of seniors. We can do better in helping seniors live higher quality lives for longer. We get there by delivering the same two things that made the difference for my family and I: incredible access to care, and the highest quality clinical care. Most seniors don’t have these 2 things now. Access to care for them is not equitable, barriers to quality care delivery have not been solved. This is a really hard problem. The problem is complex along many vectors: socioeconomic, psychosocial, political, financial and cultural. Few other companies are working on innovative speciality care models for seniors. If we don’t deliver on these promises to our patients, I don’t believe anyone else will.
As Chief Medical Officer at Lightyear Health, I work to increase patients mobility and functional capacity to restore dignity and improve quality of life. I believe a preventative, integrated behavioural health approach to geriatric care can stave off cognitive and functional decline for as long as possible. Through data driven decisions, predictive modelling and science, I work with my team to develop groundbreaking and novel clinical models focused on changing what it means to age.
With over 10 years of experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, I, most recently, was the Director of University of Virginia (UVA) Oncology Rehab and clinical faculty member at UVA. My education background includes a BA in biochemistry from Dartmouth College, a Masters in Public Health from UVA, and a medical degree from UVA School of Medicine.
Beyond work, my life is my kids.
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