UAB Transplant Surgeon & Teacher Patient With Residents

| October 4, 2017 @ 5:00 am

By Tyler Greer

The general surgery residents in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Surgery who have trained with transplant surgeon Mark Deierhoi, M.D., director of UAB’s Renal Transplant Program, marvel at many things about one of their most influential surgical teachers.

They laud his attention to detail, his diligent instruction, his enthusiasm for resident education – even his knowledge of music and movies, which residents say is quite impressive. But the one word they often use to describe Deierhoi? Patient.

“Dr. Deierhoi is the most patient teacher in the operating room,” said Margaux Mustian, M.D., a UAB School of Medicine resident and postdoctoral scholar from High Point, North Carolina. “He gives great attention to detail and constructive feedback in the operating room, all while remaining very calm and approachable. Without a doubt, he has been one of the key mentors who inspired me to pursue transplantation as a career.”“During our five years of training, Dr. Deierhoi is the gatekeeper for making the transition from a junior resident to a senior resident,” said Laura Allen Hickman, M.D., a resident physician from Knoxville, Tennessee. “His OR is our first real exposure to the precision and attention to detail required for vascular anastomoses, and he has patiently guided 31 years worth of general surgery residents through the process. With the ever-increasing demands for surgeons’ time, his commitment to teaching residents – and especially his patience for their inexperience – has not changed.”

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