Welcome, and thanks for your interest in the UVA Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship program. As an SC native, I earned my undergraduate degree in Health and Exercise Science at Furman University followed by my medical school training at the Medical University of South Carolina. I then completed my pediatric residency at UVA where I was involved in research examining the incidence and risk factors of splanchnic vein thrombosis in pediatric pancreatitis as well as chronic abdominal pain as a presentation of alpha-gal. When determining where to complete my fellowship, staying at UVA was a no-brainer. I had fallen in love with the charm of Charlottesville and the culture of UVA pediatrics. The collegial environment and unparalleled education of the GI faculty here played a role in my decision to go into the field and I wanted to continue under their mentorship.
While I enjoy the breadth that gastroenterology and hepatology have to offer, my primary clinical interests are inflammatory bowel disease and other luminal diseases. My fellowship research project involves modeling the effects of a diet-derived anti-inflammatory compound, sulforaphane on the gut using colonoids as a platform.
In my spare time, my wife Ashley and I enjoy exploring and playing with our three children Hadley, Eila, and Bennett. We love spending time outdoors and enjoying all the family-friendly activities that Charlottesville provides. Also, as a former competitive cyclist, I have taken up mountain biking and can be found exploring our local trails.