2015 Top Doctors: Jane Caplan, MD & Jason Caplan, MD

Category: Profiles Issue: April 2015
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Jane Caplan, MD
Child Psychiatry

Med School/Year Graduated: Creighton University School of Medicine, 2001
Years in Practice: 9

You have a degree in art. What pushed you toward medicine as a career?
Problem-solving in medicine requires creativity as well as evidence-based approaches. I get to use the left and right sides of my brain in the process of psychotherapy as I try to... understand my patients’ experiences.  

Why child psychiatry?
My training as a child psychiatrist has helped me understand the importance of early relationships and development across the entire lifespan.  

How has your work shaped your parenting?
Being a psychotherapist requires that you clarify your own conflicts so you can separate them from your patients’.  It’s been helpful in parenting to know which issues belong to me and which belong to my kids.  

“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be...”
Bored. I have the most fun and rewarding career I can imagine.

 

Jason Caplan, MD
Psychiatry

Med School/Year Graduated: Creighton University School of Medicine, 2002
Years in Practice: 8

Your wife is a child psychiatrist. What can you learn from each other’s practices?
We both recognize that all psychiatric illnesses have psychodynamic and biological factors, but Jane will usually start with the psychodynamics while I start with the biology. We help each other find that middle ground.

Do you analyze each other?
We both get a giggle from the misconception that we’re constantly “analyzing” people. It takes far too much energy to do that all the time. We do have some fun vocabulary to use if we’re mad at each other, though.
 
Biggest misconception about your field?
That having psychiatric symptoms is somehow an indication of “weakness.” Folks don’t tell their doctors or families about these symptoms out of misplaced shame. They indicate weakness no more than cancer does and shouldn’t be ignored or hidden.