Dr. Susan Pakenham MD F.R.C.S.Obstetrician - Gynecologist
“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.