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Voices of Experience

By: Merge magazine's editorial advisory board
Posted: June 23, 2010, from the July 2010 issue of
Three physicians with hands in the center on top of each other

page 8 of 8

My father. He has taught me that happiness is not just related to what we have materially, but that it is more of a state of mind. I think at the end of our lives we aren’t judged by what we have, but by what we give, and at this juncture in my career, I’m looking to give more than is being given to me. Through that, I’ve taken more than 25 humanitarian missions doing reconstructive surgeries around the world, and I, and my team that goes with me, always feel that we get back more from that than we give.
Jonathan Sykes, MD, FACS

As a field, I really admire teachers. I think starting kids out with enthusiastic, innovative teachers early on will make them better students, as well as better citizens. And it’s so critical that we focus on children and really get their imaginations going. Otherwise, we won’t have the doctors of tomorrow, let alone people in other specialties. Teachers do what they do in their field often with limited pay and resources, so I really admire those who are dedicated.
Heidi Waldorf, MD

To be totally honest with you, it is my wife Eileen. When I felt my career as a physician was on a treadmill and I was desirous of improving my career as an ophthalmologist, she encouraged me to focus on a medical specialty that would substantially improve my career, and that is precisely why I committed myself to learning about the neurotoxins/fillers specialty field. Eileen then helped me find a mentor, a dermatologist, who was operating an adjunct, very successful neurotoxins/fillers, on-the-side practice, and after I found such a mentor she helped me launch a neurotoxins/fillers specialty as an adjunct of my ophthalmic practice. After several months I became very successful in that regard.
Steven G. Yoelin, MD

Editor’s note: Look for more advice from our editorial advisory board members in this and future issues of Merge magazine.