Pediatric Trauma Surgeon
Our fifth guest in The 2RNs Who’s Who in the Hospital series is another well known and respected surgeon. He has been extremely instrumental to Julie and me in all stages of developing our #2RNs platform. We will be forever grateful for his feedback and referrals. He even connected us with his daughter, (who is an amazing artist by the way) and she she is one of the artist who drew work our workbook and activity pages for us.
Let the questions begin:
*1) What drew you to your specialty? “I was in medical school and my first rotation happened to be general surgery. I was assigned to pediatrics. The pediatric surgeons I was working with were hardworking and I did well and liked the rotation. That’s how I decided to be a pediatric surgeon.”
*2) Is there something that you do to connect with your patients? “I tell jokes.”
*3) What is a complaint you have about patients in general? “When the parents do not follow my instructions.”
*4) Do you have a patient or case that touched you the most? “I can’t say I have one in particular. It is the patients who have multiple issues/complications and seeing them get better are the ones that stick.”
*5) What is one thing that you still have on your bucket list? “Become a Buddha.”
*6) If you couldn’t be a doctor what would you want to be? “A scientist.”
Part II: Specific Questions to a Surgeon
1) What is the hardest part of the job? “When my patients don’t do well.”
2) Have you ever invented anything? “Yes. A vacuum device for pectus excavatum, (sunken chest) and a brace balloon for pectus carinatum (pigeon chest).”
3) Have you ever had surgery yourself? “No.”
4) What is the hardest surgery you have done? “I can’t say hardest. I can say coolest. Thorascopic sympathectomy, which treats sweaty palms. Basically you slice the sympathetic chain to treat the sweaty palms and it works.”
-Pediatric Trauma Surgeon
Just a reminder, if you know of anyone who is having surgery, tell them about the 2RNs. We would love your help to spread the word about our “Surgery Day” book and all of our other resources.