What are you most passionate about when it comes to your job?
I am committed to providing a setting that reinforces each individual patient’s decision-making capacity. Ultimately, the patient is the boss when it comes to the care they may or may not choose to undergo. It has always been my goal to make patients feel as comfortable at their visits as they would be talking to a very close friend.
I have found that the most valuable tool in my job is taking the time to really listen to each patient’s specific needs or concerns. Without having good listening skills even the best clinician or surgeon will fail in the “healing arts”.
What health trends are you watching these days?
The opioid epidemic.
What current research in your field are you most excited about?
Technology in minimally invasive surgery, such as robotics, has revolutionized our specialty and made very challenging surgeries a reality for patients who previously were not candidates for a minimally invasive approach.
What made you decide to go into OBGYN?
When my wife was pregnant with our first baby, her water broke dangerously early at 24 weeks. We lived at the hospital for nearly 4 months before and after our son was born. It was a terrifying experience that tested our faith daily. I dug into the specialty and all things surrounding high risk pregnancies and complications. The more I learned, the more I became interested in the specialty.
Following this experience, it became my goal to help guide and support couples who encounter challenges in pregnancy knowing personally that it can be a potentially stressful time. I provide patients and their loved ones with all the tools necessary to navigate these challenges without fear, as it can be a very joyful time as well.
While in Medical School I discovered a love and skill for Surgery which is the “other half” of our specialty, and through my training at the University of Oklahoma I became a skilled and experienced Surgeon.
What’s the hardest thing about your job?
The single most difficult part of our specialty surrounds pregnancy loss or miscarriages. It never gets easier if you’re truly empathetic, and every patient deserves the time and empathy that those situations demand.
What’s the best part about your job?
This is an easy one! Delivering a baby with a couple that have decided to keep the gender a surprise until the day of delivery. I have not witnessed anything as powerful as the tears of joy from a mom and dad finding out they are new parents to a beautiful baby boy or girl!
What do you do to stay healthy?
I chase my four kids around and try to smile as much as possible—both seem to be great stress relievers!