I was born and raised in Gallatin, Tennessee, and I practiced Internal Medicine there for twenty years.
I earned a BA in cell biology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and my doctorate in medicine from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. During my residency in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt, I published research papers on T-cell lymphomas and on the effect of 5-Fluorocytosine on serum creatinine measurement.
Photography the old-fashioned way—with a view camera and a darkroom—was my hobby for over 30 years. I was fortunate enough to have several of my black and white photographs published in the New England Journal of Medicine. These days there is no time for photography.
I enjoy the bluegrass of Bill Monroe, the flatpicking of Norman Blake, and the music of Paul Simon. These fill my iTunes library and go with me wherever and whenever I travel.
I love Martin guitars, Gibson mandolins, and Apple computers. In my youth, I was an adequate tennis player and a fair opponent at chess. Now I am a frequent flyer and a lousy cribbage player (at least I think that's what losing to Ken Ham makes me...).
My wife, Elizabeth, and I have been married since 1982. We have three beautiful daughters, Mary, Ashley, and Sarah.