Trauma and Critical Surgeon: Lisa Clark Pickett, MD

Trauma and Critical Surgeon: Lisa Clark Pickett, MD


I’m Lisa Pickett and I’m assistant
professor from the Department of Surgery. So I attended in the surgical
intensive care unit, but I also serve as Chief Medical Officer
at Duke Hospital. I have the opportunity to cure patients
in the surgical intensive care unit. So patients who may have had
large operations or trauma or transplants and
require our individualized critical care. When I meet with a patient or family I want to understand
what concerns them the most. What is it that they’re afraid of or
they want to know. And how can we give them the information
they need to make a decision that day. Or to make them feel more
comfortable in this setting. And then, how we can partner together, to get to the decisions
that they need to make. It is always a privilege to take care
of patients and I especially appreciate the opportunity to interact with families
that are in moment of crisis because they allow me into their lives in a way
that no one ever would otherwise. And we get to be a part of their
family and their decision making. And help them to be guided
in the best decisions, and hopefully to the improvement and
wellness of their loved one. Or, to provide them comfort and
compassion at the end of their journey. It’s a very special opportunity
that I don’t take for granted. Duke has the capacity to care for anyone. I really appreciate
the fact that we almost never have to send someone somewhere else. We can take care of anything that they
need, provide anything that they or their loved ones need in
a facility that is put together exactly to meet all of their
medical, and spiritual, and social needs. And I’m proud of the fact that
we are all dedicated to that, that we come together and put the patient
at the center of everything that we do.


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