Caregiver profile: Thomas Hamilton, MD | Boston Children’s Hospital

He actually has really nice looking anastomosis now, So that’s his new created GE junction. How much of his nutrition is by mouth, at this point? I would say 25% of his nutrition is by mouth. I’m actually the fourth generation in my family to be in medicine. My grandmother was a scrub nurse. I would spend a week with her every summer and I’d hear stories about the operating room. And it’s probably her stories that
sort of got me interested. And after my internship rotation, I knew that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. My name is Tom Hamilton, and I am a general surgeon in the department of surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. Hello! Patient: Hi! How are you? Patient: Good. So are you ready for your big day? Patient: Yes! Yes? Outstanding! The patients that we take care of primarily are ones who have esophageal atresia, and tracheoesophageal fistula. Those are patients who are born where their esophagus is not connected at birth, or there’s an abnormal connection from the airway to the digestive tract. Many of the children can’t eat, and so one of the main objectives that we’re trying to accomplish for them, is to provide a safe, and durable, way that they can eat for the rest of their lives. The techniques for how to take care of these sick kids now has evolved so much that you’re sort of limited only by your imagination. We’re not just doing established procedures, we’re improving on them, and we’re coming up with new things that help kids in a way that hasn’t been done before. Yeah, he looks awesome! He looks totally amazing! He was actually eating all weekend, and like, really enjoyed it–which was so encouraging. Yes! Definitely. The interactions you have everyday
with the patients is what drives you. Those relationships that you
build give you a lot of meaning, Some of the most rewarding things is to get the video of the kids eating six, eight months later, when they never ate before– and it really is fun to be a part of a team that brings that to families.

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