Featured Clinician: Jeff Davidson, MD, FACEP

Posted on Wed, Sep 14, 2016
Featured Clinician: Jeff Davidson, MD, FACEP

The heart and soul of our practice are our clinicians. Meet Jeff Davidson, MD, FACEP, the Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas.

Years with EmCare: 18 years

Years practicing medicine: 22 years

Why did you decide to become a doctor? I had many positive influences when I was younger that opened my thoughts to becoming a physician. My father practiced podiatry and was a great influence on both me and my sister, who practices anesthesia. I learned that the practice of medicine was a lifelong commitment of learning, training and practicing. I was drawn to the idea that you would continually need to challenge yourself to stay atop of practicing medicine. I knew that my personality and drive were ideally suited to becoming a physician and committing to taking care of others.

Why did you choose your specialty? I chose the specialty of emergency medicine because I knew I had the attributes to succeed in the practice. I enjoy the challenge of multitasking and thinking quickly.  I also knew I would enjoy the day-to-day challenge of not knowing what might happen next. Emergency medicine also trains a doctor to be able to engage in other aspects of medicine. EM physicians are naturals for providing medical direction for EMS, sports teams, athletic programs, AED programs, specialty guidance for airlines, cruise ships and more. I also wanted to practice a specialty that would be able to work with all other medicine specialties, and EM is the only choice that provides that access.

What career did you want to pursue when you were younger? I've honestly always been attracted to practicing medicine. 

Describe one of your greatest professional accomplishments. I've been fortunate to have many accomplishments of which I am very proud. I have been the Chairman of the Valley Hospital Medical Center ED for more than a decade. During that time, I helped develop the first Certified Stroke Center within the Valley Health System at our ED, and was named the 2008 Emergency Department Physician of the Year by the American Heart and Stroke Association. In 2010, I helped develop the first hypothermia resuscitation program in our system. I've also had a successful career working in the sports of boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA). I was a Nevada state athletic ringside physician for 10 years before becoming a medical consultant to the UFC and The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). I still work as the chief independent medical consultant for those organizations.

What is in the pockets of your lab coat? I prefer to stay light on my feet; I carry only a list of the patients I'm attending to and my cell phone.

What would be your ideal category on “Jeopardy”? Travel

How do you stay organized at work? It’s a mindset. You need to develop a systematic way of dealing with the multitasking of emergency medicine. I use a chronological system as my day and work continue on. I'm diligent in completing the earliest tasks as a priority if possible. I keep things simple this way and don’t delay or forget.

What are your tips for “leaving work at work” and not getting burned out professionally? I enjoy work; this is the first priority for every doctor. When I’m in the ED, I'm 100% engaged in my work and the people and patients around me. When I leave work, I go straight to the gym most of the time. This provides a transition from the chaotic environment of the ED to my personal life. I think the best ways to remain excited about working in medicine are to prioritize your interests and diversify yourself.  Make sure you work enough that you get a positive experience from being there, and participate in as many other activities as you want to fulfill yourself. These activities can be family, personal sport activities and goals, or other types of work that contribute to your total development. The main thing is to not do too much of just one thing, but become good at many things.

What’s the best advice you’ve received about work or life? Wake up every day ready to take on the challenges of the day. No day will ever be the same, therefore, you will always have something new to learn and new tasks to complete. There will be many days that are difficult. Learn to master these days as well as your best days.

What do you enjoy outside of work? I work out in the gym one to two hours a day. Many days are with the same group of individuals or my two sons. I enjoy working with the MMA athletes I do medical consultation for, and travel to many of the UFC events. I also enjoy working as the medical consultant for The Ultimate Fighter reality show.

What’s your favorite inspirational quote? I always say, "Do or do not, there is no try," which Yoda said in Star Wars. I feel this is the best way to accomplish the most.

What qualities make a successful doctor? Understanding, patience, caring, compassion, dedication and perseverance

How would your co-workers describe you? Dedicated, perseverant, compassionate, hardworking and driven

Tell us something that most people at work don't know about you. I'm actually a very private person.

What are you currently reading? "Tough Jews : Fathers, Sons, and Gangster Dreams" by Rich Cohen. I read mostly nonfction, but intermittently I review "The 48 Laws of Power" by Robert Greene.

What’s your favorite TV show? House of Cards, Blacklist and The Walking Dead (yes, I enjoy the drama!).

What personal accomplishment are you most proud of? Raising my two sons successfully and my attention to personal health.

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