Doug was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in Garden City, Long Island. He attended Adelphi University then graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. After an internship and residency in general surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital Center on Manhattan, he joined the US Army in 1972 as a major. On leaving the Army in 1974, he moved with his family to Elmira, NY, and initially worked as an emergency department physician at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center for a year before resuming his career in general surgery.
In the early 1980’s, he became interested in bariatric surgery and learned how to do vertical banded gastroplasties then later gastric bypasses. He did these with Dr. Robert Cole, and later with Dr. Cole formed the Bariatric Surgical Associates who did over 2000 bariatric procedures.
He was appointed a Chemung County coroner in the late 1970’s and has been so employed ever since.
He has been a member of NYSACCME for about 20 years and was elected to the Board in 2012.
He retired from surgery in 2010, but still continues as a Chemung County coroner.