It has been an incredible journey since moving to New Mexico in 1988. I will miss my patients, especially the cleft kids, whose courage always inspired me. I will miss my office staff and the hospital staff; how we worked together towards a common goal. It is difficult to give up something that one truly loves. I gave as much as I could possibly give to make this world a better place. I wish I could have done more. Alas, it is time.
As for what to do, I have no concrete plans. I would like to learn how to plant a garden. I have joined a volunteer group building trails in the Sandia Mountains. I will likely travel. I love to read, cook, hike, and bike. Mostly, I love the life I have with my beautiful wife and companion of 42 years, Kat. To her I owe a lot.
I looked for inspiration in these books that have influenced my thinking and training in surgery and life:
- The Scalpel, the Sword: The Story of Doctor Norman Bethune by Ted Allan and Sydney Gordon, 1952
- Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder, 2009
- The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn, 1970
- An Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine by Claude Bernard, 1865
- Discours de la Méthode (Discourse on the Method) by Rene Descartes, 1637
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig, 1974
- The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing by Lori Arviso Alvord, Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt, 2000
- The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp, 2006