(as of August 2016)
Grandsons: Jack 5 and Ezra More…4.
I have practiced General Neurology and Neuro-Psychiatry in Sarasota, Florida for the past 30 years. Aside from an out-patient practice, I am involved in medical research in clinical trials for the pharmceutical industry as well as that involving a novel drug delivery I was fortunate to invent, Direct Effects Topical Neuro-Affective Therapy. AfGin Pharma, LLC was founded to advance this technology. We have been granted 7 patents in the US, EU, and Australia; with several others filed and pending.
After college at Bucknell in Mechanical Engineering, I obtained a Masters in Environmental Engineering at Cornell. I worked as an engineer for a short period before resigning to do Pre-Med studies at Columbia in NYC. After completing Medical School at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, I performed residencies in Neurosurgery and Neurology at the University of Florida, Gainesville. I know---too much schooling! But, I didn't know what I wanted to do when I grow up. I think I know now!
In 2008, I founded a company, AfGin Pharma, LLC to advance the proprietary technology with the goal of "Improving Neuro-Therapeutics through the Advancenent of Topical Neuro-Affective Therapy."
I am married to Lisa Hangartner, a nurse I met through church and work at the hospital. She is originally from Peoria, Illinois. We have 4 children and 2 grandchildren---as well as 4 dogs, 1 cat, 2 cockatoos, and some chickens. Needless to say, there is not a dull moment in the house. Actually, it's more like a zoo.
Ayer HS was a wonderful first experience for me as I had just come over from abroad to the States to finish high school. I was born in Burma (Myanamar) but was living in Thailand at the time. I came over with an American Army family I befriended and lived my senior year at AHS with them on Fort Devens. I found the teachers and students very hospitable and encouraging to the extent I feel the experience significantly influenced my goals in life. I was moved to the extent I formally emigrated to the States to make it my home. In many respects, I wish some of those old times and attitudes of prior days were back in our country. But, it is still the best in the world and a true "land of opportunity." I believe I am a good example.
I ran track and field at AHS and have fond memories of my experience. I particularly remember my team mate Charlie Brown, who I just found out is no longer with us. He was an amazing sprinter despite his asthma. We could always count on him to help win the sprint relays as anchor.
All in all, I am very thankful for the experience I was given at Ayer. Many thanks to all of you who contributed. God bless each of you.