Role Reversal - When a Doctor and Leader Becomes the Patient

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Night and day. Black and white. Doctor and patient.

We live in a world with clearly defined relationships and boundaries. But what happens when roles are reversed?

For Dr. Steven Abrams, it has been a touching and humbling experience to see, from the eyes of a patient, the care and compassion that professionals like him deliver every day.

Dr. Abrams, inaugural chair of the Dell Medical School Department of Pediatrics and academic partner of Seton’s Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, found out what it’s like to suddenly – and nearly tragically – become a patient.

In a blog post from Sept. 29, 2015, Dr. Abrams recounted his experience with Seton after experiencing bleeding in his brain on Sept. 1, 2015. Among the observations as he makes his recovery:

“Seton Healthcare Family saved my life – absolutely no doubt about it. Within minutes of getting in trouble, I was in surgery to stop the bleeding and save my brain. I am grateful to those who knew what to do and didn’t stop moving to save me. They were compassionate and efficient, and they did a spectacular job.

“It takes hard work to get healthy. That is a worthy lesson to learn, even if I would prefer not having my skull opened up. I am honored to return to work helping improve children’s lives.”

In a separate note to Dr. Clay Johnston, Dell Medical School’s dean, Dr. Abrams wrote:

“… my life was saved today by the physicians and nurses of the Seton hospital system, including… those at University Medical Center Brackenridge and Dell Children’s Medical Center… who took care of me quickly and with great compassion and true Humancare. I am grateful to them for their kindness and skill and will not forget it.”

Read Dr. Abrams’ full blog post on the experience.

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