I come from two long lines of Midwesterners who valued honesty,hard work, education and love of family. Growing up in the Northeast, my social and cultural horizons were substantially expanded. I was educated in a small public high school, Yale University and Northwestern University Medical School. My wife and I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest when I came to Seattle to be an intern. After serving as a pediatrician in the Air Force, we happily came back and raised our children here. Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington have been great places for a career. My consistent focus has been to roll back the blanket of scientific and societal ignorance that has kept many children with congenital anomalies and developmental disabilities from achieving their optimal place in the world. It is a privilege to be a small part of the lives of so many wonderful kids and families.