Inside Medicine | Meeting in the Middle | Season 1 Episode 3 | Weill Cornell Medicine

it takes an exceptional person to become
a great physician or scientist but excellence in medicine requires
relationships that connect and that’s why at Weill Cornell we place a special
focus on mentoring it’s the foundation of the best patient care and the next
big discoveries that emphasis starts here in the dean’s office and I am very
proud of the results it’s a scary journey to be sick you’re
in a world of total unknown you just know that something’s happening to your
body that is always serviced you and suddenly somebody saying your hearts in
trouble your brains in trouble your kidneys in trouble your hips and trouble
you have cancer those are big things to hear I’ve had a kidney transplant
cataract surgery a hip replacement breast cancer august 2013 I had a stroke
at 1:27 in the afternoon at Macy’s and i don’t want another one I’ve been in actors for 45 years working
all over the country and regional theater but also working Broadway
off-broadway television film I’ve done a lot of Shakespeare that’s my favorite I
think about what I’ve done and I could no more do it right now than fly I would
really like to go back to work I don’t quite know what that means yet it may be
on a simpler form I just don’t quite know what that is For a while my first fear
after the stroke was what will I get back what have I lost I’m not working
now my work is my recovery friends always say to me you’ve come
such a long way but I don’t see it’s how it feels inside it’s different I’m
vulnerable you know I’m so vulnerable I could be I could tip over any minute
fall down be knocked into feel a little dizzy and sometimes it’s a bit of a
struggle to speak it what’s the worst feeling but not to be seen not to be
acknowledged if you don’t feel seen you feel invisible when I was in the
hospital I’ve had to tell a surgeon come in out of that doorway and come over
here this bed and speak to me I’m not a number I’m a person with a name in a
history and a life it’s been suddenly dramatically interrupted as I know it I
have three major doctors connected to Weill Cornell my nephrologist is dr.
David sewer my neurologist is dr. halina white and my internist is dr. Keith
lascala that’s great that’s actually really nice especially the students can
prepare and eat they know when it’s coming so they dikin dr. lascala also
runs the lead program at Weill Cornell it’s a program where a patient is
assigned to a group of medical students and they come with you to some of your
appointments and participate in them so that they can understand more and
more the relationship between doctor-patient and what goes on in that
room it’s not you the doctor over there and
me over here it’s more we’re meeting in the middle and we’re partners my
instinct at Weill Cornell is that they’re receiving tremendous support
that they really care about what kind of doctors leave isn’t there thank you so
much well yes certainly but dr. Lou Scalia he really cares about his
students as individuals and what kind of a doctor are they producing sure no
point vibe not just a memory machine who’s learning which obviously that’s
terribly um what’s you think they’re going to come out real human beings so
proud of them to go into this field and why that makes me so emotional but to
want to help us hey thank you for teaching me such a young age very
special people I don’t know what takes you to that but god bless them for doing

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