I was born in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, and attended Harriton High School. I attended Washington College (800 students) on the eastern shore of Maryland. After college, I coached a local high school rowing team while going to graduate school at Villanova University to earn my master's degree in biology. I then attended Hahnemann University School of Medicine (now Drexel University) and moved to Charlottesville in 1993 for my neurology residency. I've been here ever since.
After completing my residency in 1996, I began my two-year fellowship in neurocritical care. I also completed a research fellowship in neuro-infectious diseases. I was awarded a KO8 NIH training grant from the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease for my work with microglia in bacterial meningitis. I became faculty in 1999 and have taken on the leadership role as one of the course directors and system leaders for neurology and neuroscience courses for first and second year medical students.
My current clinical focus is exclusively inpatient. I work in the neuro ICU and care for critically ill neurology and neurosurgery patients.
I am married to Kathy Nathan. She is a physical therapist at Martha Jefferson Hospital. Together we have three children: Isaak, Ari and Asher. Nature photography is one of my passions.