I am on my first week of vacation with my kids since last August. It's nothing I'm proud of - in fact, I'm ashamed of this fact...I'm entering conference travel season, and I've been dreaming of a week away from the hospital for months. Our cardiac anesthesia team is short - getting vacation is like finding a black chevron Chanel mini.Read More
We need to embrace our successes, and we need to throw our arms around our own achievements and the achievements of other women!Read More
Physician burnout is an epidemic. For the last several years, 50% of physicians surveyed in the United States report feeling clinical burnout, which entails emotional exhaustion, lack of personal accomplishment, and depersonalization.Read More
In the aftermath of the incredible courage shown by so many women during the #metoo movement, one of the most critical things we must do is to continue the conversation, friend to friend, colleague to colleague, leader to leader.Read More
Several years ago I was on my way to pick up my son from preschool before doing an overnight shift at the hospital. As I approached a stoplight, I saw a car speed through the intersection and strike a pedestrian walking his dog. I knew instantly the man was seriously injured. I pulled my car over and rushed to help.Read More
My boys often get fouled. Sometimes a player goes a little too far, and the foul seems intentional. Words are muttered, elbows are thrown, trips from behind occur.
As a parent, I have seen my boys get fouled, and foul right back.Read More
I know there will be times where you feel frustrated, beaten down and overcome with responsibility. I know it is not easy to be strong men.
I also know you are not mine, you are God’s.
And you are brave enough.Read More
Subtle biases have the potential to divide, discourage, and diminish those who don’t understand and may feel outside the narrative that applies to everyone else.Read More
I have learned not to make a list of what I plan to start; I have learned to make a list of what I plan to finish.Read More
We don’t get upset when we fail in research. We see it as equally important to figure out what doesn’t work as what does. We reevaluate and move forward.
Wouldn’t it be nice if failure in life was similar?Read More
So this is the key. This is my secret (besides unlimited black coffee all day every day. And dark chocolate. Lots of that.)
It’s about big things, and little things.Read More
Sometimes we do things right hundreds of times. And sometimes, on the thousand time, we screw up. We fail. We catch our toe, nail a shin, and are left with a painful bruise.Read More
Being 100%, authentically you is extremely freeing. It is awesome, brave, and takes courage and strength.
It is also completely exhausting at times.Read More
I just finished an amazing week of unplugging from the world and all things that need attention, or things I’ve committed to finish.
It was heaven.Read More
The practice of medicine is a lot like the practice of parenting. It is full of highs and lows, moments of pure joy and those of devastating heartache.Read More
As a cardiac anesthesiologist, there are times I care for patients who are faced with a tough decision: to take their chance on a very high-risk surgery, or let nature take its course. It is in these times I feel most humble and most human, as I may be the last one to hear the last words they speak.Read More
One of the most important things my mother taught me was to choose my friends intelligently...The older I get, the more I believe who I allow to influence me plays an enormous part in the place I find myself in today.Read More
When you live as your authentic self, and you are #braveenough to pursue what you think is your most important work, you will face drama.
I remember the exact moment I realized the amazing power of women, that together women can accomplish anything they put their minds to.Read More
There are a million different things books will tell you to be if you want to succeed as a woman in your career. Warm. Decisive. Strong. Nurturing. Formidable. Approachable. Fierce. Feminine. Confident. Calming. The list goes on and on.Read More