Dr. Francis was raised in Los Angeles before attending high school and college in Massachusetts at Phillips Andover and Harvard University from 1971 to 1980. Before going to medical school he spent a year teaching physics and coaching back at Andover, and another two years at the Massachusetts General Hospital Diabetes Unit as a lab technician where he became interested in Endocrinology. A summary of his medical training and staff positions is as follows:

Medical School USUHS, Bethesda, MD 1983-1987

Internal Medicine Internship Walter Reed AMC, Washington, D.C. 1987-1988

Internal Medicine Residency Walter Reed AMC, Washington, D.C. 1988-1990

Endocrinology Fellowship Walter Reed AMC, Washington, D.C. 1990-1993

Staff Endocrinologist Walter Reed AMC, Washington, D.C. 1993-1997

Staff Endocrinologist Tripler AMC, Honolulu, HI 1997-2009
 
He retired as a US Army Colonel after 26 years of service in November 2009. His deployments and temporary assignments included Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam. He has extensive clinical experience in Endocrinology with particular interest in Thyroid Cancer, Adrenal Disorders, Post bariatric nutritional deficiency, and Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. His family includes his spouse, Dr. Lucie Roux, and his two children, Madison and Lambert. His interests outside medicine have included running and scuba diving. He was certified as a Los Angeles County and PADI scuba diving instructor in 1979. The medical practice is named for San Miguel Island, one of Dr. Francis's favorite diving spots.
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