The reason I chose otolaryngology is because you really get to see the full gamut of treating a patient. It’s not purely just being in the operating room and performing surgery. And it’s not just seeing patients in the office. It’s both aspects.
I treat a lot of people with breathing problems at night — with issues with sleep apnea. A lot of times I’ll have a mother or father come in to see me. And they’ll be talking about how they’ve been at their child’s bedside every night watching them because they’re scared that they’re going to stop breathing during the night. To have those parents come back to you and say, “Thank you. I can rest comfortably at night now.” I think that’s one of the most gratifying aspects of my job.