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Featured Clinician: Daniel Smith, MD

Posted on Wed, May 04, 2016
Featured Clinician: Daniel Smith, MD

The heart and soul of our practice are our clinicians. Meet Dan Smith, MD, anesthesia medical director at Gulf Pointe Surgery Center in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Years with EmCare: 3

Years practicing medicine: 8

Why did you choose your specialty?  Originally I wanted to become a surgeon, but after my intern year I found I really just liked being in the OR taking care of patients.

What career did you want to pursue when you were younger? I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian but the reality of my allergies to anything with fur changed my mind for me before I even began high school.

Describe one of your greatest professional accomplishments. I’m never very good at these types of questions because I feel a lot of my accomplishments are in the little things that I do every day to tweak my practice to try and keep making it better.

What is in the pockets of your lab coat? What’s a lab coat?

What would be your ideal category on “Jeopardy”? As an avid homebrewer, I would hope to get “Beer Styles” as a category.

How do you stay organized at work? A combination of iPhone reminders, piles on my desk, and friendly reminders from those I work with.

What are your tips for “leaving work at work” and not getting burned out professionally? Try to live and enjoy in whatever moment you are in.

How are you “making healthcare work better”? By constantly making little changes to make the experience better for the next patient. From patient flow and scheduling to adjusting techniques and medications, our team really tries to do what will have the best outcome for the patient and the facility.

What’s the best advice you’ve received about work or life? Our patient population is older and they remind me all of the time to enjoy the life I have now because the “golden years” are not so golden. Because of hearing this so often, I do try to enjoy the little moments in life.

What do you enjoy outside of work? I like to travel with my family and also enjoy my hobby of home brewing.

What’s your favorite inspirational quote? Whether you think you can or cannot; you are correct.

What qualities make a successful doctor? I like to think it’s my ability to relate with most people in a relaxed way.

How would your co-workers describe you? I wasn't sure, so I asked. I got answers such as approachable, ever-present, no drama, and calm under stress.

Tell us something that most people at work don't know about you. I think I’m more introspective than most people realize.

What’s the most interesting place that you’ve been? I’m not sure. Usually it’s not the place that I find interesting but the people that are there.

What are you currently reading? “Radical Brewing” by Randy Mosher

What’s your favorite TV show? Lately I like watching post-apocalyptic shows such as “The Walking Dead.” Despite the gore, I like that it makes me think about what I would do under the circumstances presented.

What personal accomplishment are you most proud of? My kids. They are boy/girl twins who just turned 7 and I love seeing them grow and develop into their own.

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