My Journey

January 14th, 2013 by Dr. Charles Gould, ll Leave a reply »

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Early on, I came to the realization that I wanted to be a “helper” and “giver” along the journey of my own life. This feeling may have come from my days as an ocean guard, rescuing people from the surf, or from my mother who was a nurse and who helped all the sick “old people” in our neighborhood when I was growing up. That strong sense of purpose led me towards Medicine as a career. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a surgeon and contribute to many lives in a powerful and meaningful way.

For years I had dreamed of developing my own Clinic where I could help people in need no matter how big or small the problem, no matter how rich or how poor. In more than twenty-five years of practicing general and vascular surgery, I have learned that there is no better feeling than to help someone who is hurting or is in need.

As a result, I have been fortunate to have made so many friends along my private professional journey. Complete strangers, who I first met at night in an emergency room, who put their trust in me have later become my friends. Memories of surgical successes and, yes, of disappointments as well, have shaped who I am and have greatly influenced how I practice medicine. I have learned to listen to my patients for frequently they will correctly tell you what is wrong with them. I have learned the important principle of first “do no harm” and only perform surgery when necessary. I have learned that being kind and compassionate goes a long way in helping someone get well.

I feel very privileged to be a physician and have the opportunity each day to contribute to peoples’ lives. Having developed my own Clinic and establishing a philosophy of helping whoever calls on us is a very special opportunity to help those in need.

One evening, when I was a younger surgeon performing serious procedures in the operating room my son, who was mature well beyond his young age, asked me why I was so sad. I replied that I was very concerned about patients that were not doing well in the hospital. My son’s response was for me to visualize being in a large white room and imagine that all of the patients that I had helped along the way were smiling and thanking me for caring about them.

This image profoundly affects how I approach each day’s challenges and will forever affect how I treat patients, no matter how big or small the problem.

In conclusion, the Vein Center has provided me with a supportive and caring environment, without the distractions that are so frequent in hospitals today, to take advantage of the lessons that I have learned along the way to be a better person and surgeon. Lastly, I would like to thank my devoted wife who helped develop the Clinic and has been with me every step of this journey.

-Dr. Charles F. Gould M.D.

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