1. Describe the most rewarding experience that you have had working with a patient?
Experiencing a family being built with our help is always extremely satisfying. I find that quality of life for men is extremely important, thus having the opportunity to help with reproductive and sexual health is a very rewarding experience for me personally with all of my patients.
2. What is your charity organization of choice and why?
Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong foundation is my charity of choice. As a Urologist I can’t help but be overwhelmed by his ability to overcome the advanced stage of testicular cancer with which he was diagnosed. His ability to continue with his amazing achievements is very impressive. I think his fight is an inspiration to us all, but especially to young men going through such difficult times.
3. What does living in the Austin community mean to you?
Austin is home for me. I moved here as a young boy in 1979 and have always dreamed of moving back here to practice and to be involved in the community that started off my academic and personal life. It is also a very exciting and unique opportunity to be a part of a fertility center with my father and brother, who care for female infertility patients, allowing us to be the only fertility center in Austin with fellowship trained specialists in male and female infertility providing comprehensive care for the couple. It has took me 16 years to make it back to Austin, but I am thrilled to finally be home for good!
4. What is your favorite quote or saying?
If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.
5. What makes your specialties the right fields of medicine for you?
The combination of medical and surgical treatments for men to improve the quality of life for them as individuals and as husbands and fathers makes my specialty the right field for me.
6. Finish this sentence: If I weren’t a doctor I would be___.
7. When (your age) did you first realize you wanted to become a surgeon? And did you experience anything in particular to motivate you to achieve this prestigious goal?
I knew I wanted to be a physician at the age of three, having come from a medical family. I knew I wanted to be a surgeon at the age of fourteen, the first time my father took me to the operating room with him.
8. Can you tell us in your own words what you consider a perfect outcome of a surgical procedure?
A satisfied patient.
9. What is your favorite procedure to perform and why?
Vasectomy reversal. It is a technically challenging procedure which requires microsurgical expertise for excellent outcomes. Vasectomy reversal requires the sewing together of lumens (holes) in the vas deferens no larger than the period at the end of this sentence. The suture used is barely visible with the naked eye (the procedure is performed with an operating microscope or a robot platform) and requires delicate and meticulous technique. Of course, thinking about the outcome of a vasectomy reversal hopefully resulting in the birth of a child and helping a man become a father again is extremely rewarding.
10. What procedure would you like to do more of and why?
Vasectomy reversals for the reasons mentioned above. I would also enjoy doing penile prosthesis implants and penile curvature (Peyronie’s disease) corrections because the patient satisfaction rates are so high.
11. In a perfect world, when would you like to retire, where would you go and what would you do?
I don’t know that I would ever completely want to retire from practice. That being said, my greatest passion outside of my work is traveling. I would love to spend time traveling, learning about other cultures, and offering care to patients in areas of other countries who would otherwise not have access to such subspecialty care.