Some patients find reassurance in
gray hair, or so it seems.
Years ago, when I was a
sandy-haired faculty member in
my mid-30s, I was making hospital
rounds with two of our young resident
physicians. Although they were both
still in training, they each had a full
head of very prematurely gray hair.
We entered the room and one of the
residents began the introductions.
“Mr. Smith, this is Dr. Campbell. He is
The patient looked back and forth
between the gray-haired residents
“Yeah, right!” the man said. “Your
professor. Sure. Who is he, really?”
I knew, of course, that my days
of looking too-young-to-be-a-doctor
were numbered. I don’t remember
when I last heard the comment, but it
has been decades since anyone was
confused about whether I was old
enough to do what I do.
Recently, I have been thinking
more about the other end of the
career. When is a physician too old to
I recently read an article about Dr.
Ferdinand Sauerbruch, an inventor of
medical devices and a giant of surgical innovation, that brought the topic
into focus for me. Dr. Sauerbruch
began his remarkable career after
To Know When It’s Time
By Dr. Bruce Campbell, FACS
I made a change that makes
our hospital safer for our
patients and employees.
Kristin Vondrak, Vice President and Chief Quality Ofcer,
Baptist Health System, Jacksonville, FL
1. Fornwalt L, et al., Trinity Medical Center in AJIC, In Press 2015. 2.
Nagaraja A, et al., Westchester Medical Center in AJIC 2015, C. dif
reductions in ICU. 3. Levin J, et al., Cooley Dickinson in AJIC 2013,
41:746-748. 4. Simmons S, et al., Cone Health System in JIP 2013.
Peer reviewed published outcomes:
100% reduction in total joint SSIs.1
70% reduction in C. dif infection rates.
53% reduction in C. dif infection rates.
57% reduction in MRSA infection rates.
Baptist Health has continued to focus on enhancing quality and
patient safety by integrating Xenex Germ-Zapping Robots TM
into their overall infection prevention strategy.
Xenex Robots are the only UV disinfection technology shown
in multiple peer reviewed published studies to reduce hospital
acquired infection (HAIs) rates.
Join Kristin as a Face of Change.
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At the time, Doogie Howser, MD,
was still on television. More than
once, I had been told that I looked a
bit like the 16-year-old title character.
Everybody in the room – but me –
had a good laugh.