Thursday, December 12 2013, 12:00 PM MST
Web Exclusive: Linda Leckman as General Surgeon
SHAUNA LAKE:Tell me a little bit about your career as a general surgeon? Was that really satisfying to you? Did you love the work?
Linda Leckman: Oh very much so. In fact one of the areas that I really liked although it may sound odd was taking care of women with breast cancer. Because women would come to me newly diagnosed and feeling that their life was at an end, all was despair. Major depression and being able to work with them and give them the reality that yes you're going to have about 6 months that are going to be really hard and then were going to start building again and you'll be back to your life, and for most women that was indeed true. The other thing I liked about being in surgery was that patients were grateful, and I often got hugs. In my job I have now I rarely get hugs.
SHAUNA LAKE: Did you have a hard time separating yourself between doctor and friend? I'm sure you become attached to many of your patients.
Linda Leckman: It really wasn't that hard. I think that was one thing about the way I practiced medicine was that I didn't consider myself the doctor and removed from the patient it was very much a collaborative relationship, which is how I look at friendships too. So I didn't really find that difficult.
-Produced by Angie Dennison
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