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Hi I'm Tim

I am a physician, but sometimes I think I should have been a sports broadcaster or a disc jockey. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am one of those people who could have chosen various careers, since much about life and the world intrigues me. Even though I decided on Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat), as a medical and surgical specialty, I continue to be a sports junkie, one who can scan the sports page of the newspaper for 5 minutes and effortlessly glean all pertinent facts. The same is true for popular music: without trying, just by listening, titles, artists, and genres of music accumulate in my mind and can be retrieved from memory even years later. Now, don't get me wrong: I am a knowledgeable physician. It's just that it requires more energy and effort to gather, remember and retrieve pertinent medical facts and concepts. What I enjoy most about my medical career is the opportunity to be a healer on many levels, by weaving probing questions, empathic listening, and adequate communication time, allowing patients' bodies, minds and hearts to heal simultaneously. Obviously, my faith in Jesus Christ heavily influences my views as a physician and as a person. In addition to my professional and personal interests, my main focus is my family. My wife and I have been happily married for 30+ years, and are the parents of 3 sons and a daughter, ranging from 18-28 years of age. A great joy in my life is to see my kids make wise and responsible choices. I have found that marriage and parenthood are the most rewarding and yet the most challenging experiences of my life, crucibles of sorts.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the oldest of six children. My heritage stretches back over the history of the church, with all my ancestors as members of the church for at least 6 generations. Despite this long legacy of church membership in my ancestors, I belong to this church because it answers all of life's most basic and important questions in ways that satisfy my needs to know. In cases where an answer is not given or available, I feel that the explanations provided allow me to know that someday I will have an answer. This foundation of belief allows me to walk by faith, understanding and fully confident in the Gospel's basic doctrines and principles, being assured that someday my knowledge will be complete for those things that aren't answered here and now. For example, I am a scientist, but am also a man of faith. These two arenas don't seem incompatible. It seems logical for my life to have begun prior to this mortal sphere, and for it to continue after I die. We as humans didn't just "happen", but we came into existence through natural laws. I believe that God uses these forces to create and perform His earthly and heavenly work, which includes all that we understand in current scientific theory. Also, I have come to see over the years the priceless gift that Jesus Christ has offered to each of us, if we will but believe His teachings and follow His ways. It is called the Atonement, wherein He paid the price for all of our sins and mistakes, as well as sinking to the depths of sorrow and despair in order to feel and comprehend all human suffering and pain, even those things outside of our control, and not as a result of our own doing. Finally, I belong to the church as a means to continually meet and befriend interesting and unique people, all of whom share my common morals and basic beliefs in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We make up a varied, colorful and yet unified group in following Christ.

How I live my faith

I believe that religion is a practical thing, where actions flow naturally from thoughts, desires and convictions. It is a fundamental tenet of our Christian faith that we each "roll up our sleeves" and go to work, helping our fellow brothers and sisters in need, wherever they may live, regardless of their beliefs. In this way, I attempt to live the "golden rule", which is to treat others the way I would like to be treated. I find that serving others through small, often anonymous acts of kindness, brings a unique satisfaction that I haven't found in any other activity in my life. These practices help me turn my selfish tendencies into selfless habits. An endearing family experience has occurred repeatedly over the past decade, in which we have participated 6 time in the Hill Cumorah Pageant, held annually at Palmyra, NY. The pageant tells the story of the Book of Mormon through music, dance and word, involving more than 600 cast team members and 300 staff. After our first experience at the Pageant, I was asked to serve as a staff physician, helping to cover the medical needs of any participant, while also participating as a cast member. Even though the undertaking always involves extensive effort to get the family to New York, nevertheless, it has been worth any and every sacrifice. We have seen our children blossom in the faith, as they act out scenes from the Book of Mormon with friends and peers from across the globe. We as parents have been grateful for the rare opportunity provided for us to "have fun while doing spiritual things". I currently serve as a counselor in our stake presidency, overseeing the activities and programs involving our youth under the age of 18. As I work with these leaders of tomorrow, I am amazed at the strength and courage they exhibit in dealing with today's challenges. Seeing their youthful wisdom and spiritual perspective, I am confident leaving the future in their hands. I only hope to keep up with their endless energy!