Interview with drgandolfi (@drgandolfi)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I was first exposed to Plastic Surgery as a medical student at the children’s hospital in New Orleans. I saw many children born with conditions such as cleft lips, bone deformities, and other issues. I also saw the difference a dedicated precise and talented plastic surgeon can make in someone’s life. Since that time, I have had the opportunity to help many people throughout my career.
Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
I meet many people that come to me with many different issues. One story that stands out to me is the story of a State Trooper that was attacked on the side of the highway. He broke most of the bones of his face and the bones around his eye. He required a complex surgery to repair the bones of his face and to put his eye back into position. The surgery was successful and he was so grateful that I was able to bring him back to normal..
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
“Burnout in medicine is real and related to patient care. The reality is, as a plastic surgeon, you are always on call for your patients, even when you are off. This can be taxing. I try to surround myself with exceptional people to help me keep my commitment to my patients and not overburden myself.
“ None of us can succeed 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 would say there is not a particular person but many people that were instrumental in getting me to where I am today. Professionally, Dr Jeff Marcus the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Duke was a major influence and advocate. In the OR, people deal with the stress of the situation differently. One way is in setting the room up for surgery. He was extremely meticulous about the position of the drapes and towels around the surgery. In a very real way, this frames the mind in preparation for the procedure and provides a sense of calm and focus. I still do that to this day!
Personally, my mother and father supported my education from the beginning and are a major factor in my success. Additionally, my wife has supported me through my long and intense training process, both mentally and financially! We are talking eight years of 80 hour work weeks, chronic fatigue, and no money!
“How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
“As a plastic surgeon I am often called to help out in emergent situations… car accidents, broken bones, severed fingers, and bad lacerations are all part of what I do.
Perhaps the most good I do, however, are the medical mission trips that I take part in. I travel to parts of the globe that do not have the resources or training to support plastic surgeons and operate for free on children with birth defects.
“Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“I often think about a quote from my favorite book, The Old Man and the Sea.
“It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when the luck comes you are ready.”
In surgery (and in life) I never like to rely on luck, or on unproven techniques or products. Precision is key to obtaining the best results possible. And although I cannot guarantee perfect outcomes each time, I guarantee I will be exact and most of the time the luck follows!
“.How can our readers follow you on social media?
Readers can follow me on youtube under my name Brad Gandolfi MD, and on Facebook and Instagram @drgandolfi
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
“I am 100% dedicated to optimizing the client experience at my practice and making things easy. I surround myself with positive people that love helping people. I am rapidly expanding my brand and am launching a luxury medical spa this year!
I am more than happy to have a phone call to discuss any of my answers or anything else!”