Transplantation Surgeon Jonathan Fisher, MD, Scripps Clinic

>>Jonathan Fisher, MD:
The transplant team is sort of the model of what we consider
multidisciplinary care. You know, there isn’t one
member of the team that really, totally
leads the ship. And it really takes sort
of a holistic approach to how to give these
patients the best care. And it requires
all the different disciplines
working together. I’m a multi-organ abdominal
transplant surgeon. So, we do transplants
on livers, kidneys and pancreases. What I really love,
being part of Scripps, is how much it
feels like a family. You know,
I know at any time, I can pick up the phone
and call a colleague and say, “Hey listen,
I have a patient, can you help
me with this? What do you think
about this? Let me run this
past you.” There’s this constant
integration and discussion and collegiality
that I really enjoy. But it’s not just the physicians,
it’s the doctors, it’s the nurses,
it’s the patients it’s their family. You know, everyone sort
of needs to come together to provide the patient the best
possible care they can get. All that we try to do is help
patients have autonomy, to have say over their lives. You know, I can offer patients
lots of different options, but it’s really my job
to educate them, educate their family so that they understand
what their choices are and they can make
a choice that’s the most consistent
with their wishes, how they want to
live their lives. And one of the things I’ve
always really admired among a lot of
my colleagues at Scripps is how many people
try to do that. When a patient
comes to see me, I think of it as they’re coming
to see my team. You know,
it’s not just me, it’s all the other
health care providers, it’s the schedulers
up front, it’s the MAs rooming
the patient, it’s everyone,
the coordinators. It’s all about them being
heard and feeling respect. You know, they’re
coming in scared they’re coming in
trying to understand something that they probably don’t
have any experience with. They may have
experience with illness, but whatever that’s
bringing them to me now, is usually something
pretty dramatic. [music begins] What I love now, is seeing
patients get to go home, be there and watch
their kids grow up, watch them graduate, get jobs, get married,
have kids of their own. What I love is giving
patients their life back. [music ends]

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