Good Doctors: Humanizing Surgery

Added on Dec 4, 2019

Humanizing Surgery
An episode from the Good Doctors: Stories from the Heart of Health Care series

A gynecologic oncologist at Northwell Health, Dr. Benjamin Schwartz has developed a unique way to engage the members of his surgical teams. Before each surgery, Dr. Schwartz asks his patient’s loved ones to send him an email describing the patient in a personal way. He then reads the email aloud to the surgical team before beginning the patient’s procedure. This practice serves to remind the surgical team of the patient’s humanity and individuality, and encourages each caregiver to connect more deeply with their work and their patient.