Leadership Message

Why I Continue to See Patients

John R. Raymond, Sr., MD | MCW President and CEOA question that is posed to me often is, "Why do you continue to see patients?" As I recently finished my annual clinical service at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, I thought it would be timely to respond to this question now.

First and foremost, I consider myself to be a physician. I enjoy the challenges and privileges of the patient-physician relationship. I attended medical school at The Ohio State University and performed my internship and residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center – where I was chief resident in my final year. I then completed a fellowship in nephrology (the branch of medicine that deals with the physiology and diseases of the kidneys) at Duke. Until I joined MCW in July 2010, I spent three to six months per year taking care of hospitalized patients and those in dialysis units. I also attended in outpatient clinics two half-days per week. I love the challenge of clinical care!

As a nephrologist, I see men and women with hypertension, diabetes and other causes of renal failure. For seven years early in my career, I was chief of an exceptionally busy renal section at the Durham VA Medical Center. As a faculty member, I also was responsible for 100 renal transplant patients and 150 home renal dialysis patients. Those experiences honed my skills as a physician and forged a lifelong commitment to Veterans and patients with renal diseases.

As I moved up through the administrative ranks, I remained connected to patients by teaching rounds, taking nights and weekend call, and working several months per year in the dialysis unit. Now I spend up to a month each summer at the Zablocki VA, where I see patients with chronic renal failure, provide consultations, assist with dialysis and tend to acutely ill patients in the ICU and Emergency Department. I also teach medical students as well as housestaff and fellows who are rotating on that service.

I love caring for patients, especially Veterans – and I find it to be personally rewarding. This also helps me to keep my clinical skills sharp and to maintain my medical license. Most importantly, however, continuing to see patients sends a message to everyone at MCW that I am a faculty member – and that I remain in touch with all of the issues that impact our clinical enterprise.

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John R. Raymond, Sr., MD
President
Chief Executive Officer

Medical College of Wisconsin…8701 Watertown Plank Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-4725  |  Fax: (414) 955-6699  |  MCWmagazine@mcw.edu

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Thank you
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Toni Gray
Date:
11-17-2016  12:06:02 PM
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President Raymond,

I appreciated this piece from you. I sense your sincerity and concern for your patients paired with your leadership.

In these critical times, compassion is critical accompanied by genuineness. Thanks for displaying both.

Kindly,

Toni Gray

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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