Heal thyself: meet the doctors living with the conditions they treat

Would you be in safer hands if your doctor had the same illness as you? Meet the dermatologist with a skin complaint, a psychiatrist with depression, an oncologist who survived cancer and a maternal fetal medicine specialist who couldn’t conceive. And what do they have all have in common: true empathy, birthed from their personal experiences as a patient. Click here to read their stories.

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Dr. Philip Zazove – A Pioneer with Hearing Loss

Dr. Philip Zazove is one of the first deaf physicians certified in the United States, graduating from Washington University. His specialty is family medicine. Today, he is using his story to motivate others. Click here to read his story.

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Dr. Amanda Mooneyham – A Physician with Hearing Loss

Dr. Amanda Mooneyham has a 90 decibel hearing loss in both ears, which is considered profound. She can read lips and, with the help of hearing aids, can hear speech as long as the words are spoken clearly and in her direction. She recently graduated from U.C. Davis and finished up a six-week rotation at Shasta Community Health. Click here to read more.

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Dr. Chris McCullouh – the Unstoppable Surgeon

Chris McCulloh, MD, is a resident in general surgery at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey. He is currently finishing a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship in pediatric surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where his research has focused on stem cell therapy in necrotizing enterocolitis.

He soon plans to resume residency training at Morristown and will apply for fellowship training in pediatric surgery. He had to take a year off medical school to focus on rehab after an accident led to a spinal cord injury. Click here to read his blog.

Dr. Stanley F. Wainapel – Not Limited by Vision

Dr. Stanley F. Wainapel is the clinical director of rehabilitation medicine at Montefire Medical Center in the Bronx. At age 8, he received a diagnosis of choroideremia, a rare retinal disorder that causes blindness. At 23, he graduated from medical school at Boston University. Now, at 63, he treats about 200 patients each month at Montefiore. Click here to read more.

Dr. Janice E. Brunstrom-Hernandez – Shattering Expectations

When Dr. Janice E. Brunstrom-Hernandez was born in Seattle three months early, on October 29, 1962, her parents were told she had no chance of surviving. And if she did live, doctors said, she would not be able to walk or talk and would be mentally disabled. Now, a pediatric neurologist, her mission is to help children with cerebral palsy (CP) live their best lives, now and in the future. And her new practice – 1 CP Place – is designed to do just that. Click here to read more.

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Dr. Feranmi Okanlami’s Story

Feranmi has accepted a position at Michigan medicine where he will be providing primary care for people with disabilities. He will also be mentoring and conducting research related to disability access in medicine. This clip gives you a glimpse into Fernami’s life since his spinal cord inquiry – his triumphs and strong heart will certainly motivate you that with hardwork and perseverance, nothing is impossible.