Every month, we feature a physician as an opportunity for the community to learn more about the great doctors on staff at Little Company of Mary Hospital. This month we had the chance to talk with Dr. John Hobbs, an OB/GYN at Little Company of Mary at the Women’s Health Care Center (736 West 95th Street, Chicago, IL). Get to know Dr. Hobbs, including his number one hobby, his advice for healthy living, and even some thoughts on spirituality.
Dr. John Hobbs
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Residency: Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center
Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Why did you decide to become a physician?
Because of the fact that there is a charitable feeling in my heart to care for the sick and the dying. In addition to being a doctor, I have been an an ordained minister for 20 years and an assistant pastor at a church for 17 years. I believe that healing the human body works well with healing the spiritual body, therefore I continue my role as a physician. In both of these roles, I see that spiritual healing and physical healing strongly interact—one plays on the other. You’ve heard the old adage—I take care of them from the womb to the tomb.
How did you choose your specialty?
In medical school you rotate through all specialties. I found I didn’t like just being a surgeon only—I like interaction with patients and being a regular medical doctor. I also like surgery. OB/GYN offers the balance to do both. Taking care of women and their health has been a good opportunity that I love.
What do you enjoy most about being a physician?
New life—experiencing new life and being able to walk through the new life with my patients for a years. I especially like taking care of the patient as well as caring for their next generation. You become a part of the family indirectly. I enjoy that quite a bit.
What is your philosophy of care?
Always include the spiritual aspect of a person’s healing. A number of physical complaints have a spiritual basis. It’s of major importance to incorporate where a patient is at spiritually into the evaluation, planning, and treatment of a patient.
What is the number one advice/tip you give your patients for healthy living?
Just because it seems good to you doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Always consider that when doing anything—weigh the feeling of ecstasy that you might get from something against the risk and toll that it takes on you physically. Consider how good the experience itself is versus how good it is for the body.
If you hadn’t become a physician, what would you be doing?
I would be a radio personality. I was a disc jockey in college in Montana for a country western station, but I introduced them to contemporary music as I was there to a resistant audience—and they started to like it. They actually called me “the mouth of the south.”
What are your hobbies and interests outside of the office?
I like playing a little golf. I also enjoy attending athletic events— I was an athlete in college—I played football. And preaching the good news gospel of Jesus Christ is my number one hobby.
Dr. Hobbs recently took part in an informative webcast about Abnormal Uterine Bleeding and Menopause. Watch the video now.
Read more about Women’s Health Care Center and how Dr. Hobbs came to practice at Little Company of Mary.
Make an appointment at Women’s Health Care Center today.