By Susan Barrow
Florida Doctor – North talks with David Skarupa, M.D., specializing in surgery and surgical critical care with University of Florida Health at Jacksonville.
Medical Education and Training: Medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH; residency in surgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI; fellowship in trauma critical care, University of Maryland Medical Center / R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, MD
• Why did you choose trauma medicine? Did it have anything to do with being a college quarterback? Suffering a traumatic hand injury in high school and watching the surgeon repair it, and having a family member with a traumatic brain injury is what really inspired me. That said, I think my quarterback experience has helped make me be a better trauma surgeon. Both involve coordinated efforts between many teams, with numerous staged and sequenced operations.
• What about your chosen profession do you most enjoy? The holistic approach. We manage patient care from start to finish – medically and surgically –from admission through the ER, to ICU to OR, coordinating through discharge and then following through in clinic. We interact closely with other specialties and I enjoy this collaborative effort. Our division is unique in that we work closely with psychologists to provide emotional support to patients and families during life-changing events.
• About what are you most passionate? I want to make people better. It’s what gets me up in the morning. It’s what keeps me up at night.
• Could you tell me a bit about your family? My wife and I are from Ohio, have known each other for many years and have been together since medical school. As long and challenging as medical training is, it is even more difficult for the spouse. I give her enormous credit for her continued patience, understanding and flexibility. Our son is three and amazes us everyday.
• Where are you during “off the clock time”? Hanging out with my wife and son and enjoying our new home in Jacksonville. It’s great to work for a program that really encourages a balance between personal and professional responsibilities.
• Do you have a particularly meaningful patient experience you would share? A wise man once told me, “There is no such thing as DOA, just failure to resuscitate”. Each save is meaningful, but one in particular stands as an example of why to never give up. The patient was transferred to us with life-threatening injuries, his heart stopping multiple times during attempts. The family was told his situation was, “incompatible with life”. Following months of ICU care, almost-daily operations on nearly every part of his body and multiple extremity amputations, he is now home and contributing positively to society.
• Skarupa is not a common name here. You speak Spanish. What is your background? Skarupa is Czechoslovakian, which is where my father’s family is from. My mother is from Puerto Rico. Both parents have been influential in my life. I studied Spanish throughout my formal education.
• What do you see in your future? I want to continue doing what I’m doing as long as I still enjoy it.
Local doctors and nurses from the Borland-Groover Clinic returned from Cambodia where they assisted in setting up a new hospital and provided endoscopic training and education to Cambodia-based doctors.
Borland-Groover Clinic donated new medical equipment and supplies needed to staff a freestanding endoscopy center, called the Borland-Groover Endoscopic Center, for patients in need of gastroenterology care.
During the trip, Borland-Groover Clinic physicians performed the first Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP) in the region. The non-invasive procedure is designed to examine diseases of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas.
The team also visited Sihanouk Hospital Center of Hope to train doctors on various endoscopic procedures.
For members of the team, it’s not about the funds donated, the mission is much more personal.
“Our vision is to provide the knowledge and tools necessary to elevate the quality of healthcare in this region of the world while helping people and saving lives. Through education, prevention and treatment, we hope to make a positive impact for those afflicted with colon cancer and other digestive diseases,” said Jack Groover, M.D., CEO/President of the Borland-Groover Clinic.
Borland-Groover Clinic sponsored the trip and provided much of the supplies, along with donations from several other medical supply companies such as Olympus Medical Systems Group.
Hong Taing Tek, M.D., who was born and raised in Cambodia, and Kyle Etzkorn, M.D. gastroenterologist with Borland-Groover Clinic, Dr. Tek’s wife, Suon, who served as a translator, Tiffany Burch, Jennifer Clark and Angie Hull were included in the Borland-Groover Clinic team.
For blog posts and pictures visit: http://borlandgroovercambodia.blogspot.com/
By Shannon Pulusan
Catch the spirit of this season and share it with friends and loved ones to help overcome the cold weather’s blight. It’s a good remedy to counter cold symptoms and festive food comas. Also, be sure to prescribe more holiday cheer to those suffering from the Ba-humbug.
Here are some ways to share holiday cheer at the workplace and beyond:
- Hang a stocking for each person at the workplace. It could serve as a mailbox for holiday cards and wish lists. Though letters might not be directed towards Santa, you and other co-workers could share New Year’s resolutions and goals.
- Paper Snowflakes. Add a personal touch to the decorations by recycling office paper to cut snowflakes. That memorandum draft can potentially float overhead as a light flurry.
- Hot chocolate. Prepare a hot drink for yourself and others. From hot chocolate, tea or a classic coffee brew, warm beverages can really hit the spot on a cool day.
- Host a Secret Santa gift exchange.
- Compare shopping agendas. The stress of holiday shopping does not have to be endured alone. Share shopping agendas with co-workers and see if you have similar things on your list. Perhaps both of you are eyeing a new toy for a family member and want to stand in line together.
- Donate to local organization. Many local and national organizations hope to spread the holiday cheer with those in need. With your kind donations of food, money and clothing, other can experience the goodness and warmth of this celebratory time of year.
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