I came up to Anchorage with the Air Force in 1991. It wasn’t until I was through the first hitch in the military and went into the real world that I decided I needed to go to college and medical school. Women’s healthcare really didn’t come into the picture until I was in training, trying things in different fields. Now I’ve been doing it for 30 years.
As an OB-GYN, you have the pregnancy part and also the surgical part. It’s a good balance. There’s a natural progression, moving through life stages. For example, patients I’ve had for 25 years, who are no longer having babies, they’re having menopausal issues or gynecologic surgeries.
I do a lot of pelvic reconstructive surgeries, fixing the bladder, fixing the rectum, repairing things that are falling down. I like the variety. It also compels you to keep up with various things.
There are a lot of gimmicks in health care. But every once in awhile, something comes up that’s a game changer. And that’s what the MonaLisa Touch is. I’m not a jump on the bandwagon kind of guy. I was watching this from a distance for a couple years even before the US trials. For me it’s a big deal.
Our big thing is personalized care. We decided if a provider isn’t on-call but has a patient in labor, they’re going to do everything they can to deliver that baby. We feel it’s the right thing to do.
I’ve had a number of patients come and see me from other clinics, and say, “I’ve always seen a different person. I never felt like there was one person who really knew what was going on and was taking care of me.” Unless I’m on vacation or something, I see every single one of my OB patients, every single visit. Patients know we’re making the extra effort to be there. And quite frankly it’s easier and more fun for us to deliver. You go in the room, you know everything about them, we’re already friends, they’re already comfortable.
A lot of patient visits are talking about them – their personal life, how are things going, how’s their job. It’s a huge part to us. We like having that relationship with our patients.
After 30 years, I’m delivering babies for patients that I delivered. It makes you feel really young.
Creighton University School Of Medicine