Bachelor, U. Iowa, 1972; Doctor of Medicine, U. Iowa, 1976.
Intern in general surgery, U. Colorado Medical Center, Denver, 1976-1978; resident in general surgery, U. Oregon Health Science Center, Portland, 1978-1981; chief resident in general surgery, U. Oregon Health Science Center, Portland, 1981-1982; resident in plastic surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, 1982-1984; chief resident plastic surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Children's Hospital, 1983-1984; private practice plastic/reconstructive surgeon, Des Moines, 1984-1994; member, 105th Congress, Washington, since 1994; member commerce committee. Member of staff Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Mercy Hospital Medical Center, Veterans Hospital, Charter Cmty. Hospital, Des Moines General Hospital.
Lieutenant colonel Medical Corps, United States Army Reserve, since 1984. Fellow American College of Surgeons, American Society Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. Member American Medical Association, American Association Plastic Surgeons, Iowa Medical Society, Polk County Medical Society, Iowa Society Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, American Association Hand Surgery, Midwestern Association Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Iowa Academy Surgery, American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.
Married Corrine Mikkelson, 1976. Children: Ingrid, Briget, Karl.