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Friend’s Doctor Dad Shares Wisdom with His Colleagues

PhysiciansLast July I attended my XXth high school reunion (you didn’t think I’d really tell you how many years it’s been, did you?) and got reacquainted with Bobbie Gonder Moore – a friend I had lost track of, but had always remembered fondly.

Bobbie (Roberta!) and I have shared many conversations since then, one of them about her dad, a well respected urologist and medical pioneer (cryosurgery of the prostate), Maurice Gonder, M.D., founder and first Chair of the Department of Urology at the State University of New York (SUNY) Stonybrook.

Before he died, he wrote down his advice for his associates and students. I asked Bobbie for permission to share them with you, as follows:

  • Take care of sick folks
  • Don’t be greedy
  • Love one another
  • Listen to what your patients tell you
  • Don’t be stupid

Simple, right? Perhaps a reframing of a combination of the Golden Rule and your mother’s best advice?

But suppose that was how you conducted your day, every day? Don’t you think your job satisfaction would soar?

I do believe your patients’ satisfaction with their medical experience would.


Learn more about Trisha and her work.

Learn more about Trisha’s book
You Bet Your Life! The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes

(How to Fix Them to Get the Healthcare You Deserve)

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