Get a more in-depth look at the people behind the white coats.
Through personal interviews, Washington University physicians share thoughts about why they chose their specialty, what they find most gratifying about their work, new developments in their fields, and much more.
“A good candidate for LASIK must have healthy eyes. My number one goal is to do these procedures as safely as possible. We have developed new technology for improved preoperative evaluation of corneas. This allows us to make sure patients are a good candidate for LASIK.”
“Genetics is never boring. It changes so rapidly — what we are doing today is dramatically different than what we were doing 15 years ago. It is almost an unrecognizable practice. What I’ve enjoyed the most is always being challenged, always having something new to do and think about.”
“The most enjoyable part of my practice is the opportunity to get to know my patients and determine what treatments will help them return to the activities they love and live the life they want to live.”
“I grow with my patients through high school and as they transition to the next chapter of their lives – college, community college or trade school. To be able to continuously try to help my patients of all ages is what I enjoy the most. It is a privilege, as a physician, to be a part of the personal lives of these children and their families.”
“The best advice I’ve received is to focus on matters of substance. Focus on my patients and do everything to treat them with care and respect. My research focuses on improving our ability to diagnose cancer relapse earlier.”
“I really enjoy the problem-solving aspect of my practice. Much of plastic surgery is based on principles, and I can apply those principles in different ways to solve different problems for my patients.”
Pediatrics, Washington University Clinical Associates
“I love the variety of pediatric patients. Obviously, seeing a baby is much different than seeing an adolescent. What is really important in pediatrics is the focus on preventative care and family counseling. I really love talking to families about how to keep kids healthy as they grow.”
“The main focus of my specialty includes treatments for ischemic strokes through minimally invasive catheter-based procedures. Because ischemic stroke is a very prevalent disease and there are so many people who have strokes, it is important for them to have access to immediate treatment.”
“The aspect of my practice that is most interesting is that every day I wake up, get to come to work, take on different challenges and solve new problems that sometimes we have never seen before. Or I get to figure out ways to improve on something I’ve done before, in order to do it better.”
“Our outpatient primary care practice has given me the ability to impact the lives of children with medical complexity — and their parents — in so many ways. As a pediatrician, it’s the most rewarding thing I have done.”
As a sports cardiologist, my goal is to help people stay safe when they are active, exercising and enjoying life. People have different levels of activity, but all have cardiovascular needs and risks to be discussed.