Thank you for visiting my website. I am a board certified (by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada) obstetrician and gynecologist
practicing in the Los Alamitos and Long Beach area.
I am originally from Montreal. I am a medical graduate of Montreal's McGill University. After medical school, I completed two residency programs, first in family medicine, then obstetrics and gynecology. Prior to moving to Southern California in 1992, I was practicing in Montreal for seven years, where I was on the faculty of McGill University’s medical school. I am currently on staff at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, St. Mary Medical Center, Los Alamitos Medical Center, Lakewood Regional Medical Center, and Long Beach Community Hospital (which recently merged with Long Beach Memorial).
I am known as a proponent of family oriented, natural childbirth with a minimum of medical intervention. I have received a "best practice" designation from Long Beach Memorial Hospital for having the lowest Cesarean section rate among all the obstetricians practicing there. My Cesarean section rate, since I first began practicing, has consistently been in the 10%–15% range, well below the national average, which is now about 30%.
I am married and I have three daughters and one infant grandson. My wife, Ronna, is a physical therapist. I am an avid long distance runner. Since moving to California, I have run the Long Beach marathon nine times, the Palos Verdes marathon seven times, and the LA marathon three times. My personal best marathon time was in Palos Verdes, 3:29. My last race was the 2011 Long Beach Marathon. The website, active.com
, often has a lot of interesting information for you runners out there.
My other passion is music. For the past 11 years, I've been performing with the Long Beach Jewish Community Center Klezmer band. I play banjo and guitar in the band. The band has played in many appearances in and around Long Beach. We have also played at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood for their Sunday Klezmer Brunch series. Klezmer refers to eastern European, Jewish dance music. Klezmer is currently enjoying a huge resurgence in popularity. It's cheerful, melodic, toe-tapping, easily accessible music. Click on the following link to download mp3's of the band's music: MUSIC.
The American College of Ob-Gyn's website, www.acog.com
is a good site for information on many topics related to women's health. I also highly recommend the website of the American Cancer Society for unbiased, non-commercial, comprehensive information on screening, prevention and treatment of virtually any type of cancer.
The Genetic Disease Foundation has a useful site for information about genetic disease and genetic testing for (couples planning to have children)