Like so many of our forefathers, I came to America seeking opportunity. I was raised in a middle class family and my parents instilled in me the importance of education in attaining a rewarding career and meaningful life. The United States offered me the opportunity to continue my education in my chosen field of brain cancer research.

After completing my postdoctoral fellowship at Case Western and the Cleveland Clinic, my wife and I sought jobs in our related fields. That’s what brought me to Peoria.

After receiving an offer from the College of Medicine, my family came to Peoria and felt at home the first time we visited. Peoria has great neighborhoods, convenient commutes, fine dining, excellent health care facilities, and low cost of living. My wife and I were both hired as professors in the medical school and are greatly indebted to this great community and thankful for the opportunities we received.

I found my American Dream right here in Peoria.


"My family and I have strived to give back to the community that has been so generous to us"



  • My career has provided me with the opportunity to find solutions that could improve the lives of others through brain cancer research. After hearing about its devastating effect on patients and their families, my interest became a passion.

  • I love the challenge of brain cancer research, which requires dedication and creativity to think of novel ways to approach the problem and make progr ess toward a cure.

  • In my role on the City Council, I take the same approach. In order to help Peoria grow, we have to get out of the box as I am passionate about serving all Peorians to the best of my ability.

  • I bring a unique perspective to the Council with my background in healthcare and I will seek innovative solutions to the many challenges we face.