Originally studied for his Bachelor's in Mathematics at Claremont McKenna College, and did graduate engineering studies at Stanford University before entering Medical School at the University of California, San Diego.

Upon completing his Neurosurgery residency at the University of Washington, he became board certified and has now been practicing neurosurgery for nearly thirty years. He has broad experience in performing minimally invasive surgery, as well as complex spinal surgery, carotid surgery and peripheral nerve surgery.