- Category: Profiles
- Issue: Apr 2014
OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY
Med School/Year Graduated: tulane university school of medicine, 1980
Years in Practice: more than 23
What made you interested in studying obstetrics and gynecology?
This specialty combined so much more than any other specialty: performing surgery, the adrenaline rush of emergencies in obstetrics, and getting to know the couple during the pregnancy and being part of the greatest time in their lives. Plus, dealing with the complexities of infertility and needing to learn about the woman before you can truly help her with her problems.
Have you ever experienced negative attitudes toward men as OB-GYN physicians?
Every day. But it just makes me work harder to be better and to know more and be better able to help my patients. By studying with doctors from all over the world, [I’ve learned] new ways of performing surgery. For example, the hysterectomy is a very old technique with some new approaches. The way I perform it is quite different and causes the patient to have a shorter surgery, less anesthesia, less pain, and a faster recovery. It doesn’t matter if I’m doing a vaginal plastic surgery or helping a transgender patient reach the sex that they have always felt they were or helping a woman slow up her heavy menses and bad cramps, as long as I can make people’s lives better. What a great job I have.
“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be...”
A professor or a financial advisor.
What’s the latest birth control?
For someone who wants no more children, it is the Essure, which is permanent birth control. When I perform it, it is done in my office with very light sedation. There is no pain. The procedure lasts two minutes. Insurance covers it and it does not affect hormone production.
How did your job affect your experience with having your own children?
It did not help at all. I was very incompetent in helping my wife, like most men. So in my visits with my patients, I often help the guys not make the same stupid mistakes that I made. I have four children, one vaginally and triplets by cesarean section.
What’s the biggest misconception about your field?
That all OB-GYNs are the same and all have equal skills. And that men are better than women or women doctors are better than men. That is like saying all football players are equal and that women writers are better than male writers.