Interview with David Rosenberg
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Dr. David Rosenberg has demonstrated a commitment to excellence throughout his education, training, and career. He grew up in Kansas City, MO, but left the Midwest to pursue his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania, graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cumme Laude, with a bachelor’s degree in Paleobiology.
Dr. Rosenberg subsequently attended the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He served as Class President, enhancing his strong leadership and team-building skills. While at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Rosenberg realized that Plastic Surgery was the ideal field of medicine for him because it combined precise surgical knowledge and skill with artistry and creativity. He was accepted to the Integrated Plastic Surgery Training Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, considered one of the premier training programs in the country.
Following his plastic surgery residency, Dr. Rosenberg committed a year to the dedicated study of peripheral nerve surgery with Dr. A. Lee Dellon in Baltimore, MD, and Dr. Christopher Maloney, Jr., in Tucson, AZ. During this year, Dr. Rosenberg took an interest in the decompression of nerves for the treatment of migraine and chronic headaches. Dr. Rosenberg is a board-certified plastic surgeon, receiving his board certification in 2008.
In addition to clinical training, Dr. Rosenberg is actively engaged in advancing the field of Plastic Surgery, through teaching duties and research interests. He completed a research fellowship at Northwestern University. His research in wound healing, cosmetic surgery, and peripheral nerve surgery has resulted in multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks, as well as lectures at national meetings.
Dr. Rosenberg’s practice philosophy is simple: treat all of his patients as though they were his family or friends. This is accomplished by combining an affable and compassionate “bedside manner” with outstanding clinical knowledge and surgical skill. His goal is to communicate in understandable and honest terms about the proposed procedure while delivering results in a safe and comfortable environment.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
Zoom Anxiety rise during covid – https://kvia.com/regional-news/2020/09/23/plastic-surgery-procedures-on-the-rise-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
A career as a plastic surgeon is both rewarding and challenging. How to Avoid Burnout as a Plastic Surgeon:
If you’re in the field of plastic surgery, you’re probably used to long days and stressful situations, but that doesn’t mean you should accept burnout as an inevitability. If you want to avoid the common pitfalls of career burnout, consider these tips for avoiding burnout as a plastic surgeon.
Start exercising, even if it’s just 20 minutes a day. Maintaining physical fitness will help you stay mentally strong and avoid burnout. Even if you have no time for exercise during your normal workday, getting your body moving (or trying something new) after work or on weekends can be beneficial. A stroll through the park, dance class, or hitting up some of your favorite exercise classes—it all counts!
Maintain a Balanced Life
Although your career can be rewarding, it’s also important to maintain some balance outside of work. A good way to do that is by participating in hobbies or fitness activities you enjoy. By feeling fulfilled outside of work, you’ll have more energy for taking on career challenges and becoming increasingly successful. Just remember: A balanced life will help ensure your success at work.
Leave the Office at Home
You spend eight hours of your day at work. When you leave, leave it behind. Whether it’s time for family, friends, or sports, make sure that when you step out of that office at 5:00 P.M., you don’t take your work with you—leave it in your office desk drawer. To avoid burnout, separate your personal and professional lives. Your job will benefit from it.
Set Reasonable Goals
If you’re feeling burnt out at work, it might be because you’ve set unrealistic goals for yourself. After all, pursuing more work when you’re already burning out is counterintuitive. Instead of pushing yourself even harder, it may be better to start by setting more reasonable goals. If your schedule is open and you have time in your life for recreation—including time with family and friends—you might try lessening your workload so that you can focus on other things for a while.
The plastic surgery industry is constantly changing, with new techniques and technologies emerging. It’s important for surgeons not to become attached to certain procedures and practices, but rather embrace change and stay abreast of new developments in order to keep providing their patients with state-of-the-art care. While change can be difficult, it’s ultimately necessary for your job satisfaction—and your business success.
Make Time for Friendships
If you’re constantly working, it can be hard to maintain your friendships. As you venture into your professional career, make time for at least one friendship that means something special to you. This person should remind you of who you are, who you want to be, and what makes life worth living.
Ensure Good Sleep Habits
One of the most important steps you can take in avoiding burnout is maintaining good sleep habits. Staying healthy doesn’t just mean eating well and exercising; it also means prioritizing enough time for sleep. A good night’s rest is essential to your brain functioning at its best—not only will you be less likely to get sick, but you’ll feel more focused, motivated, and energetic during your day.
Take Time Off From Work
It’s important that you take time off, even if it’s just for a couple of days so that you can recharge your batteries. You can do it in small chunks or at one time, but just make sure you do something to get away from work once in a while.
Do Something Selfless
Research shows that those who give of themselves are happier, more connected, and more productive. Give your time or money to an organization you care about; show empathy for others by reaching out or offering advice, or volunteer your services at work. You don’t have to spend all of your time helping others—just make it a goal to give at least one hour of your day in service. You’ll be surprised by how much better you feel when you do!
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I am thankful to God for all my achievements.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Although plastic surgery has become more and more accessible in recent years, it’s still one of the most difficult decisions someone can make when it comes to self-improvement. As a plastic surgeon, I’ve seen what can happen when people make good choices and I’ve also seen what happens when they don’t. One of the reasons I became a plastic surgeon was to help people improve their body image and their life through cosmetic procedures, but it’s important that they do so with an informed perspective so they can be sure they’re making the right choice.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“Compassion is to look beyond your pain, to see the pain of others.”
How can our readers follow you on social media?
People can follow me on my Instagram ID @rosenbergplasticsurgery.