My family is the most important thing in my life. My two daughters and I love making crafts and doing projects together. My wife is a designer and is currently on the cover of Domino magazine. And our dog Sticky keeps us busy and active!
I was born in Seoul, South Korea but immigrated to the US at the age of 1. I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia where I fell in love with cheesesteaks and hoagies, partially because my parents owned a deli and I made sandwiches every summer at their shop.
I chose orthopaedic surgery initially because I wanted to be the team doctor of the Philadelphia Eagles. As I went through residency, I had the opportunity to learn under Dr. Randal Betz and Dr. Amer Samdani at Shriners Hospital Philadelphia. I fell in love with taking care of children with complex spinal deformity largely because of their influence. I then had the opportunity to learn under Dr. Peter Newton and Dr. Burt Yaszay at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego where I learned even more about pediatric spine surgery.
My hobbies are: guitar, cars, Philadelphia sports, fine food and drink, barbeque, and video games with my kids.
On the weekend, we usually play with our dog in our yard and eat barbecue from my smoker. Often, my daughters and I will create science projects or crafts together. We love to find new places around Los Angeles to eat. But during football season, Sundays are for Philadelphia Eagles games!