From the Top: Dr. Ben Adams
Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Medical Director of Surgical Services | Terrebonne General Medical Center
Tell me about your work:
What is the best part of your job?
Aside from taking care of patients and performing interesting procedures, I get to wear scrubs everyday.
What is the hardest?
The hardest part of the job is dealing with emotionally draining situations and having difficult end of life conversations with patients and families.
Is there anything new on the horizon?
Medicine is constantly changing. Currently we are improving techniques to minimize the use of opiates yet still provide patients with great pain control following surgical procedures.
What’s one leadership skill you feel everyone must learn?
Great communication skills are a must. It is imperative that one is clear and direct when addressing colleagues, specifically when a problem exists.
Tell me about yourself:
As a child, what did you see yourself doing as a career?
I have always wanted to be a physician for as long as I can remember.
What was your very first job?
I worked at Baskin Robbins slinging ice cream and making ice cream cakes. I can decorate a Sesame Street cake with the best.
What time to do you wake up and how do you start your day?
I wake up daily between 5 and 5:30 am, walk the dogs, then grab a cup of coffee on the way to the hospital.
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
My wonderful family.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I am a fishing fanatic. It is always on my mind.
Favorites/This or that:
That’s a tough choice – it’s between a great steak and good Mexican food.
Favorite vacation spot?
The Florida Keys are my favorite. I make that trip as often as possible to chase fish or lobsters.
How do you take your coffee?
Two Splendas, a little milk and not too hot.
Chocolate or vanilla ice cream?
Vanilla, but I might add some chocolate syrup if I’m feeling adventurous.
Pen or pencil?
Early bird or night owl?
Early bird all the way.