But this knack for helping recovering patients didn’t always come naturally for Dr. Nowak. She went to medical school because she wanted to do something with her life that had a greater purpose. Drawn to the pace of surgery and the satisfaction of doing life saving procedures with her hands, she thought the practical ‘lifestyle’ issues associated with a career in surgery would eventually work themselves out.
Yet, after 17 years of practice as a busy general surgeon with a husband and children, she began to feel like a cog in the wheel. She spent years feeling that she should be able to handle anything, not really feeling entitled to getting out of her unsustainable situation. Eventually, she ceased to feel that she was contributing to the greater good anymore, and burned out. Unable to find more balanced work options as a general surgeon, she finally left practice completely, without a definite plan in place.
Dr. Deborah Hughes Nowak explains that once patients become medically stable after surgery, they still need a type of care that is not easily accessible in the community. And she is doing her part to bridge that gap.
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