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In addition to the practice of medicine, my past
includes a stint overseas in the US Air
Force, several periods as an interim
music minister, and an all-too-brief
experience as a semi-pro baseball
player. In other words, thereís more to
me than ďM.D.Ē covers. Let me share a
little about myself.
My BA is from the University of North
Texas (which was North Texas State
University at the time). I graduated
with an MD degree from the University of
Texas Southwestern Medical School, then
obtained my specialty training in
otolaryngology (thatís ďear, nose, and
throatĒ to most folks) at two major
teaching hospitals in Dallas: Parkland
and the VA Hospital.
I served for almost three years as a
Captain in the US Air Force at Lajes
Field, in the Azores, a Portuguese
possession in the middle of the North
Atlantic. Iíve forgotten most of the
Portuguese I learned there, but will
never forget the friendships I made.
Because I was involved in saving the
life of a little Azorean girl whose
airway was obstructed by a coin, I was
written up in Stars and Stripes and
received the Air Force Commendation
medal. When thereís a recognition on
Veteranís Day, Iím proud to stand beside
all the others whoíve served.
Iíve been a Christian for six decades.
For almost forty years, I was a Deacon
in the Baptist church, serving as a
Sunday school teacher and singing in the
choir. After a recent move across the
city, Iím proud to be a member of the
Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco,
Texas, where I get to hear Dr. Chuck
Swindoll preach regularly.
During the 36 years I spent in medicine,
I wrote or edited eight textbooks,
authored over a hundred professional
papers, and was an invited guest speaker
all over the world. I held the
presidency or vice-presidency of three
professional societies, and was
privileged to receive a number of awards
and honors. But if you asked my greatest
reward in medicine , it would be in
seeing patients get better under my
Primarily golfing, usually once a week
with the same golf partner for the past
ten years or so. We donít keep score
(heresy to purists, I suppose) and we
enjoy the fellowship. Iím also a
voracious reader, mainly fiction,
although I do read non-fiction books.