'The most frustrating moments of my career': 3 spine surgeons weigh in

Written by Anuja Vaidya | January 28, 2016 | Print  |

Here three spine surgeons discuss the most challenging moments of their career.

Ask Spine Surgeons is a weekly series of questions posed to spine surgeons around the country about clinical, business and policy issues affecting spine care. We invite all spine surgeon and specialist responses.

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Question: What was the most frustrating moment of your career?


Brian R. Gantwerker, MD, The Craniospinal Center of Los Angeles: The day I realized that the salad days of medicine are gone. We are being asked to get used to the new normal. I think partnering with other physicians or carefully negotiating employment contracts can help [maintain] a good quality of life. But in terms of doctors owning multiple homes and on vacation a month or more per year — those days are gone.


Richard Kube, MD, Founder, CEO, Prairie Spine & Pain Institute, Peoria, Ill.: The most frustrating moment was just prior to opening my solo spine practice. I had spent a year away for my restrictive covenant, and as the time approached to return home and open the practice, I encountered huge pushback from the competition. While it was largely expected, I was surprised at how supposedly neutral parties, such as the hospitals, acted. It was surprising how much politics played into literally every step of the process.  I persevered, and it honestly made success that much more satisfying. There was a time however, whether I thought it would be possible to fight the local machine.


Neel Anand, MD, Clinical Professor of Surgery, Director, Spine Trauma, Cedars-Sinai Spine Center, Los Angeles: Patients being denied medical care, that is, blatantly being denied care by someone [from an insurance company] with no medical background.


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