Who am I?
I am a doctor and an outspoken advocate for patients’ rights. I am the medical director the Amputation Prevention Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles, California, helping prevent people from losing their feet to complications of diabetes.
I am the published author of over 100 scientific papers, articles, and book chapters, advancing our understanding of health policy and medicine. I was named one of America’s Most Influential Podiatrists by PM Magazine and chosen for the Rising Star Award from the American Podiatric Medical Association. My state medical association awarded me “Educator of the Year” in 2012. I am also the past chairman of the foot care council for the American Diabetes Association, where I led on national education and advocacy for preventing amputations.
My wife, Susan, and I live in Simi Valley where we are raising our two daughters, Emma and Lily.
Why am I running?
I’m tired of the inaction in Washington and I think I can do a better job than our current representative.
My top three policy goals are:
1) Passing a real budget with the right priorities (protecting Social Security, Medicare, SNAP, and other vital programs, and creating jobs in Southern California) and replacing sequestration with more targeted cuts and new revenues.
2) Introducing reforms that strengthen the Affordable Care Act, ultimately supporting a single-payer system.
3) Passing legislation to prevent mining in the Soledad Canyon in my district, an issue that the incumbent has promised to act on for over a decade but has never made a sincere effort to solve.
My DFA Values
During the campaign I will promote these values by publicly supporting policies that protect Social Security and Medicare, move toward sensible defense priorities and promote diplomacy, and protect individual rights and freedoms (including reproductive health, marriage equality, and civil liberties).
My Campaign is People Powered!
Since 2011 I have worked with on-the-ground, grassroots activists to achieve our common goals. The first example would be my outreach with the local Democratic Clubs in my district. I have met with them on several occasions to discuss my vision and my priorities, signing up new supporters in the process. I have also worked with LGBT groups in my district to promote marriage equality and other important issues, celebrating with them when Proposition 8 was overturned by the Supreme Court. I will continue working with these groups, as well as immigrant rights groups and others, engaging them on my campaign moving forward.