Clinical Interest for Patients
Geriatrics, Cardiac disease, Shared decision making, Palliative Care, Hospice
I believe that my patients are experts in what is important to them and their lives. I believe that my it is your body and your life and I am a consultant there to help you live the best life you want to live. I reject paternalistic styles of medicine and try to work with and partner with my patients. I enjoy my job the most when I get to know patients on a personal level - I also think the more I understand their lives, the better I can help them.
- Hospice and Palliative Medicine ( 2012 , 2012 )
- Geriatric Medicine ( 2007 )
Conditions & Treatments
I love spending time with my wife, three daughters, two dogs, and our parrot. I love
MD, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine (2003)
BS, Colorado School of Mines (CO) (1999)
University of Colorado
University of Colorado (2006)
University of Colorado (2007)
Development and Evaluation of an Advance Care Planning Certification Program (2016)
A Multicenter Trial of a Shared DECision Support Intervention for Patients offered implantable Cardioverter-DEfibrillators: DECIDE - ICD Trial (2017)
Research Interests for Patients
My research is aimed at fundamentally changing and improving how patients make decisions around invasive cardiovascular technologies. I have been funded under an NIH career development award, three NHLBI RO1s (two Co-I, one PI), and three PCORI projects studying shared decision making among older adults making decisions around invasive technologies. I have participated in the American College of Cardiology’s shared decision making task force and I am an active participant of the International Patient Decision Aid Standards writing committee. Recently, I have been named Director of Implementation Research for the Denver Veterans Affairs Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center.