Every month, we feature a provider as an opportunity for the community to learn more about the great people on staff at Little Company of Mary Hospital. This month, we had the chance to talk with David Butler, M.D., fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon with the Little Company of Mary Medical Group. Read on to get to know Dr. Butler:
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2850 West 95th Street, Suite 106
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Why did you decide to become a physician?
- I always felt I had a vocation to become a physician. Later in life, my interest was piqued with various life experiences, including my own fair share of personal trips to LCMH for lacerations and sports injuries.
How did you choose your specialty?
- During medical school, discussions with my housemates left me thinking about orthopedic surgery. A classmate suggested I contact an orthopedic surgeon during one of our breaks. I followed his advice and, during that particular break, was able to shadow an orthopedic surgeon for a day in the office. I immediately liked orthopedics! Later, I was able to shadow at Little Company of Mary Hospital and observe surgery performed by three different orthopedic surgeons. At that point, I knew I was convinced that it was my calling to become an orthopedic surgeon.
What is your philosophy of care?
- When I meet with my patients, I always explain the problem we are treating, the options for care and alternatives as well as answer questions. How I care for patients is greatly influenced by what I was taught during my time as a resident at Cook County Hospital. Over the course of my five years at “County,” we learned many axioms, guidelines and “pearls” to follow. We learned that it is OK to ask for help. We all were learning each and every day. Some days, we would see something extremely rare; which did happen more than once. I was fortunate to be trained at Cook County Hospital and to be a part of its storied history. My favorite memory from my training and something that has stuck with me was when I was learning how to put on a cast. The orthopedic technician said to me, “Remember, a good-looking cast may or may not be a good cast, but an ugly cast is never a good cast.” Many valuable lessons from my training remain true and I continue utilize in my practice to this day.
What do you look forward to the most in working with the patients at LCMH?
- I fit in here! I will have a connection with patients because this is my home. I was born at LCMH. I grew up a mile away and went to St. Thomas More Grade School and Brother Rice High School – all within walking distance. We made many family trips to LCMH to visit family, I spent time here as a patient, I came here as a medical student looking for a specialty, and now I return as a proud member of the medical staff. I am a local guy who has not forgotten where I grew up – I feel as if I am a part of this community and still have friends and family who live nearby. I am glad to be back at LCMH!
What is the number one advice / tip you give your patients for healthy living?
- Put down one bad habit today. If you pick up one good habit in return, you will have done two good things for yourself today. Some examples include: exercise, avoid smoking, get enough sleep, learn something new, donate something such as your time, your blood, your help, and reach out to a family member or friend.
As a new physician with the Little Company of Mary Medical Group, what have you noticed is the best thing Little Company of Mary has to offer patients?
- There are many caring, high energy people with great attitudes at Little Company of Mary. Many of these same individuals are formed into enthusiastic teams of people helping patients achieve better health. They are focused, determined, hardworking people poised for success. I feel fortunate to be part of LCMH and this hospital’s tradition of success. Additionally, my daughter has been a RN at LCMH for over two years and she loves it.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of the office?
- I like to exercise several times a week on a treadmill, bike or swim. I enjoy aviation, airshows, museums, reading and flying. I continuously strive to improve my skills, and being an Aviation Medical Examiner allows me to connect with pilots.
The Little Company of Mary Medical Group has been serving families in Chicago’s Southland and surrounding suburban communities since 1994. Each individual physician office provides clinical excellence above and beyond traditional medicine in a peaceful, clean, and caring environment. The office utilizes the best information and state-of-the-art technology to deliver and manage care and improve the health of the community. To learn more, visit www.LCMMedicalGroup.org today.