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Smart • Conscientious • Caring

Her Story

Dr. Susan Pakenham MD F.R.C.S.

Obstetrician - Gynecologist

Susan's Story

“What made you choose Ob Gyn as a specialty?”

I knew that I wanted to be a physician in grade school but as I progressed further through my training I was drawn specifically to the field of women’s health.

I enjoy my clinical office practice – I like talking to women about their most personal concerns – their pain, their embarrassment, their fear – and working with them to find a solution.

I like that there is often more than one answer to a problem; so that if A doesn’t work, we can try B or C.

I enjoy the challenge and intricacies of surgery – I am humbled by the faith women on my table put in me.

Being an obstetrician means celebrating new life every day – it is common and it is intrinsically gratifying.

Being an obstetrician also means mourning life lost – it is rare and affects me profoundly.

As proud as I am of the work that I do, it is not my whole identity.

Like many, I am a wife, mother, daughter, niece and friend and I feel unfailingly loved in all of these roles.

I am recharged in the presence of those who inspire me, by a nice glass of wine and a beautiful sunset, by the encouragement of my husband and the laughter of my children, to be human and to give the best care that I am capable of.