JAN 2015 BULLETIN American College of Surgeons
makes tools. He spun out this tool-making endeavor
and in particular developed a little, lightweight hemostat. It was called a Jacobson. Hardy Hendren loved
that snap so much, and we all learned to love it and to
use it in every case. We called them “Jakes.” We didn’t
even know they had the full name of Jacobson. We
just said, “Hey, hand me the Jake.” It was such a cool
thing to meet him and tell him that story.
What role has mentorship played in your career?
It sounds like locally you had your senior partner
as a mentor. Do other people stand out in your
mind as mentors?
Yes, but not so much on the surgery side, it was on
the experimental side, the fetal side, the obstetric
side. I have had many wonderful colleagues. In terms
of my mentoring of other surgeons, you will have to
ask Dr. Longaker.
Have you found serving as a mentor to be an en-
Oh goodness, it’s the most fun. The most fun we have
is having bright young people interested in what we
are doing, usually joining us in the middle of their residency years or at some other point in their early careers.
These are the best and most productive people, and I
must say we have had some spectacular mentees along
the way. They are scattered all over, and Dr. Longaker
is a perfect example.
How did you find a balance between clinical
practice, research, and home life?
I just liked everything I was doing, so it wasn’t a
problem to fit it all in. The split between clinical and
research was never a problem because in our work, the