I grew up in a small town in Western Pennsylvania. I graduated from Gannon University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and went on to earn my medical degree at The Penn State College of Medicine. During my Residency in Internal Medicine at Brown University, my wife, Tiffany, and I fell in love with Rhode Island and committed to stay and raise our family here.
We now have three wonderful children — William (9), Laura (7), and Jack (5) — and make this beautiful state our home.
Following the tragic death of my close friend, we assumed guardianship of his three children — Wanda (14), Joseph (12), and Lucy (10) — who had lost their mother to breast cancer 2 years ago. We’ve had Thanksgiving and Easter with them every year for thirteen years; they were our family away from Pennsylvania and so we'll do our best to be a family for his kids here in Rhode Island.
I practice medicine at The Miriam Hospital and am an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University where I’ve won several awards for teaching. I’m a big believer that volunteerism and community-building make a difference, so I lend my time wherever I’m needed. I’m a trustee at Presentation of the Blessed Mary Church in North Providence, a Member of the Knights of Columbus, a volunteer soccer coach, and a RI Volunteer Guardian.
Family is everything and as a dad I try to be a teacher—fostering the belief that hard work and integrity are our greatest strengths. I believe that we all work hard and that the taxes on our incomes should be used in the most efficient way possible. I think the people of RI deserve to know where and how this tax on their efforts is being spent and that the General Assembly needs to be accountable and transparent about it. I support ethics reform, the line item veto, transparency for legislative grants, school choice, health care laws that target lower cost, higher quality and patient-centered care, and public health laws that close the inequality gap in how healthcare is both accessed and delivered.