Doctors discuss the thrill of bridging science and patient care
Yale Medical Group doctors are the stars in a new video series called “Meet Yale Physicians: A Personal Perspective on Clinical Practice” that can be viewed on the Yale School of Medicine’s YouTube channel.
“Medicine has got to be one of the most intriguing, wonderful, fascinating careers one can have,” says breast surgeon Anees Chagpar, MD, director of the Yale Breast Center, in her video, explaining that such advances as personalized medicine and the sequencing of the human genome are transforming her field and many others.
“It’s rewarding every day,” she said. “You get to meet patients who are at a critical point in their lives and you get to help them. I get to take breast cancer out of patients every day and tell them they are cancer-free. There is nothing better than that.”
Endocrinologist Karl Insogna, MD, director of the Yale Bone Center, discussed how research can advance treatment. He told the story of how meeting a patient with especially thick bones led to studies in the laboratory and clinically, and eventually to the development of new strategies in the treatment for osteoporosis.
Dr. Insogna also spoke about the pride he takes in providing comfort to patients. “My father basically told us we had to pursue a career that was not exploitive, that helped people and that left the world a better place. And really combining that with biology led me to medicine. I think it’s a great privilege to be a physician. I think people entrust their lives to you—and really the most confidential piece of their lives. And I think it’s an honor. I wouldn’t think of myself doing anything else.”
Bart Muhs, MD, co-director of the Endovascular Program, described the feeling of accomplishment he gets from sending home patients with no incision at all—patients who once would have required aggressive open surgeries. “If you can treat a patient that has, say, an aortic aneurysm—which is a major interest of mine … if you can take a patient that normally was in the ICU after their repair for three or four days and sometimes spent weeks in the hospital … and treat them so they can home the next day, that’s amazing. That’s basically what the endovascular treatment has allowed us to do for patients with aortic aneurysm disease specifically and vascular surgery in general.”
Dr. Muhs said applying research in the clinical realm essentially makes the physician “the bridge between the science and the people, and I can’t imagine a better job than that.” So far 36 Yale Physicians have been posted, with additional videos in the works. They provide a picture of the innovative, cutting-edge work that has earned Yale’s clinicians their reputation for excellence, and gives them a chance to speak out about their greatest passion: using advancing medicine to provide efficient, compassionate care for patients.
These personal perspectives by Yale Medical Group physicians can be found at on the Yale School of Medicine YouTube Channel at: Meet the Physicians and on the participants’ individual faculty profiles at www.yalemedicalgroup.org under Related Information.