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It Takes a Methodist Doctor



It takes a special person to drop whatever and answer the call –
to give up time with family to serve their biggest family of all.


“I believe in treating patients with compassion, as a member of my own family.” – Rudolf Kotula, MD, Infectious Disease
Thomas White, MD, Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery
“I used to tell my residents that I only have one rule, and that’s to take care of your patients like they’re your family. If you do that, everything else falls into place.” – Thomas White, MD, Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery


It takes a loving person, whose children may be grown –
to express the joy of holding another’s as if they were their own.


“I love being there in those moments that are most important in my patients’ lives – moments that they’re going to remember forever. Oftentimes I find myself thanking them for allowing me to be involved in their care and that special moment for them. It’s awesome. It’s fuel for the soul.” Brendan Connealy, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Brendan Connealy, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
“I realized with the birth of my first child, that this was truly a gift from God, and I understood unconditional love. So, to know that feeling and to be involved with other people’s families and God’s gift of children – that brings me the greatest joy.” – William Jurgensen, Obstetrics/Gynecology


It takes a genuine person to want to hear a heart’s desire –
to treat the problem after learning of what fuels the soul with fire.


“Before I go into a room, I take a deep breath and think, ‘I’m just going to concentrate on this patient.’ They want to sit and tell you their story. And from that story, I can make better decisions as to how to treat their diabetes or high blood pressure based on the life they come from. I don’t care if you’re going to the doctor or talking to your best friend. People want to be heard, and I’m here to listen.” – Margo Anderson-Fowler, MD, Family Medicine
Karen Joyce, MD, Internal Medicine
“Listening and understanding patients’ stories is the first step in setting and accomplishing goals with them. I really enjoy the connections I can make with patients.” – Karen Joyce, MD, Internal Medicine


It takes a loyal person to be the kind of friend –
who’s always there to lend support from beginning to the end.


“I need my patients to know that they have someone they can count on – that I will be there for them through the good times and the bad. That I care about them as a person.” – Abigail Delaney, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology
Abigail Delaney, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology
“It’s so important to help patients navigate through their cancer care and treatment and to inform them of everything that needs to happen – getting them through those difficult times and being with them through the good times.” – Robert Lindau III, MD, Head and Neck Surgical Oncology


It takes a person we call “doctor” to mend, heal and repair,
but at Methodist, ours do that and more – they are

The Meaning of Care.


“When my patients come and see me, I'm all in. I genuinely am interested not just in curing their cancer, but in them as a person – making them feel comfortable and making them as happy as possible.” – Christian Barney, MD, Radiation Oncology
“It’s something that I really feel deeply about. Serving people is more than just a quick office visit. It’s getting to know them, getting to know the families and making sure that they feel special when they’re being seen.” – Hayley Timm, MD, Pediatrics
Thomas Brandt, MD, Cardiology
“The best, most rewarding part of my job is the fact that I get to make a difference every single day. I have the chance to help others and lessen the burden in their lives.” – Thomas Brandt, MD, Cardiology

About the Author

Jessica Gill, a Content Strategist for Methodist Health System, is a former television news anchor and journalist. She has a passion for story-telling and illustrating Methodist’s Meaning of Care.

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