The primary role of the physician or the doctor is really as a teacher. I mean the word doctor actually comes from the Latin [word] teacher. When you sit down and you teach the patient one-on-one what it is that's causing their problem - and what it is and what it isn't, which is just as important - I find that their anxiety goes away significantly. When I have a patient come in with a really bad problem, a really bad fracture, for example, or somebody who's cut multiple tendons or nerves in their arm. And those are extremely challenging cases, even for what I would consider really good or experienced or technically good surgeons. And so when I do a good job in putting somebody back together that way, and they have a good outcome, it basically just validates everything for me.
Dr. John Fernandez, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery doctor who practices in Westchester, IL. He is 50 years old and has been practicing for 22 years. Dr. Fernandez is affiliated with Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush University Medical Center.