My care philosophy is simple - a great doctor treats people, not diseases.
I believe that health and wellness is multidimensional. There is certainly a physical component. If our bodies aren’t functioning well, are in pain and hurting, failing, it demands our attention and we keenly feel the loss of wholeness.
But while physical health is a big part of wholeness, it isn’t sufficient in itself. Complete health and wellness includes the mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual along with the physical dimension.
As a surgeon, the majority of my efforts are spent on the physical dimension. But I want to remember and address these other dimensions with my patients as they are willing and desire.
One of the ways I believe modern medicine gets into trouble is focusing solely on disease processes. While the textbook answer for a particular disease presentation may be one thing, when we take the time to look at the whole person, including all the dimensions of their health and wellness, sometimes the right answer is something different.
My passion as a surgeon is to address the whole person. Although my main gift addresses my patients’ physical concerns, my desire is to guide them on their path to transformation into a healthy and whole individual.