For the next several weeks Julie and I will be sharing with you, (our blog family readers) some of the incredible people we work alongside. We thought it would be interesting to get to know our colleagues a little more and share with you some of the amazing things they are doing. Everyone we interview will have the first same 6 questions *(see below). Then we have specific questions according to their specialty.
Our first guest is a well known and respected surgeon. Whenever he is not in surgery he is usually walking around the hospital hallways smiling and when you get him to laugh you’re laughing along with him. That is because he has a distinct and contagious laugh. He is often caught in our nutrition room grabbing what we call a hospital cocktail, a kids apple juice and graham crackers. We’d like to atlas introduce you to an incredible humble and dynamite surgeon.
Let the questions begin:
*1) What drew you to your specialty? “I grew up in Nigeria. I was a boy scout and loved kids. I always wanted to be a surgeon as far back as I can remember. So here I am.”
*2) Is there something that you do to connect with your patients? “I begin talking with the parents to see what they want for their child.”
*3) What is a complaint you have about patients in general? “I do not have any complaints.”
*4) Do you have a patient or case that touched you the most? “I took care of a 17 year old who died. At the time my daughter was also 17 years old. My patient was on ECMO or (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) for 27 days.”
*5) What is one thing that you still have on your bucket list? “When it is time to retire I want to put everything I know in someone else’s head!”
*6) If you couldn’t be a doctor what would you want to be? “I would be an engineer.”
Part II: Specific Questions to a Surgeon
1) What is the hardest part of the job? “When a patient does not make it.”
2) Have you ever invented anything? “I invented the Gastrostomy tube and pectus brace.”
3) Have you ever had surgery yourself? “Yes. I came to work the next day. In 1976 I took Tylenol once. I vomited and have never taken any medication ever again.”
4) What is the hardest surgery you have done? “The pancreas is the hardest surgery to do. However, I do love to do this surgery.”
-Pediatric Trauma Surgeon