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 Holt, M.D., General Surgeon with the Little Company of Mary Medical Group.
- Mary Potter Physicians Pavilion, 2850 West 95th Street, Suite 406, Evergreen Park, IL 60805
- Outpatient Care Center, 6700 West 95th Street, Suite 220, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Why did you decide to become a physician?
I was one of those people who for some reason felt the draw to medicine at a very young age. It may have been some influence from family members in the healthcare field (my grandfathers and uncle were/are doctors and my grandmother was a nurse). I always have been the person who enjoys helping others. Going into medicine helped allow me to help and make a big impact on peoples’ lives while satisfying my intellectual curiosity and desire for challenges.
Why did you choose your specialty?
I think I always knew I would be a surgeon and during medical school I could not find any other specialty with which I found such passion. I enjoy the dramatic impact a surgeon can have on a patient’s life and the relatively direct outcomes that result from surgery. I chose to specialize in transplant surgery partly because of the challenge of complicated operations and also because this specialty allowed me to be involved in patients’ care for a longer time than typically found in other surgical specialties.
What do you enjoy most about being a surgeon?
I enjoy the intensity of the interaction with patients dealing with treatable illnesses which often can be life-altering or life-threatening. Furthermore, I enjoy the relative immediacy of the results of surgery. To be able to relieve pain or resolve a surgical problem and see the impact of this on the patient’s life is highly satisfying.
What is your philosophy of care?
I strive to treat all patients as I would like to see a family member or myself treated – with compassion, empathy and honesty.
What do you look forward to the most in working with the patients at LCMH?
I most look forward to treating patients in a setting that is less corporatized than some other hospitals, in a new, state of the art facility. I also look forward to building new programs and opportunities for patients in the community.
What is the number one advice / tip you give your patients for healthy living?
The number one thing a person can do for themselves is smoking cessation. I am still surprised at the number of people who still smoke despite the overwhelming evidence of its adverse health consequences. Routine exercise and weight control also have great health benefits.
If you hadn’t become a physician, what would you be doing?
My alternative career plan was bioengineering.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of the office?
I enjoy spending time with my family, sailing and playing ice hockey. I also enjoy working around the house doing various hands-on projects.
Little Company of Mary’s 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.