Meet Abhishek Chatterjee, MD, MBA | Tufts Medical Center

How’s it going? Good to see you again. I wanted to become a doctor when I was in high school and I was volunteering in the local hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts. I had the opportunity of working with old people there and I really wanted to be in charge of their health and work with them in getting better. I loved the operating room when I was in medical school. I enjoyed seeing things and doing things with my hands and fixing problems. I enjoyed seeing a patient afterwards when follow-up, when you made an intervention in a patient who was sick with a disease process and because of the interventions that you did and the participation that they had in their health, you managed to get them better together. I have the benefit of working alongside. My wife was a colorectal surgeon here. We like to cook and do things that regular folks do. One of the fondest things that I do is not only operating on patients and seeing them before and guiding them through their journey and when it comes to breast cancer, but equally importantly it’s the follow-up visits that brings joy, not only for them, hopefully, when I tell them that their cancer free, but also for me when I see their reaction to that. You’re able to see the calm satisfaction and relief that they get when you can tell them that they’re cancer-free. The surprise that they get when they see that even after a big breast operation, they’re not disfigured but they see themselves as whole human beings with a reconstruction that you can offer them really there, that’s one of the most pleasurable moments that I think the entire team has, the patient, the doctors, the nursing staff- I think it’s- it’s terrific. That’s one of the few times where I all will get a hug from everyone in the room and at that point you really become their family, for life, because you follow them every single year and that’s really what makes it worth it. Oncoplastic surgery with regards to the specific training that I have where I do. Not only the oncological section and the very large reconstruction that’s required for oncoplastic surgery is extremely rare in the United States. There are less than 20 people who are dual trained to do that, but fortunately it’s a growing specialty. Right now, unfortunately there aren’t that many, but fortunately Tufts Medical Center has one of them.

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