Edward J Drawbaugh MD FACO-HNS
Dr. Ed Drawbaugh was born and raised in Hagerstown, Maryland. His undergraduate work was done at the University of Maryland, culminating in a BS degree in Zoology. Duke University School of Medicine was the next stop on his journey. After graduating, he remained at Duke for a surgical internship followed by subspecialty training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He returned home to establish a solo practice which was eventually built into a four-specialist group. He retired from active practice in 2005 and then enjoyed an eight-year part-time career as Medical Director of a surgery center and an inpatient surgical service. Since 2013, he has been pursuing his passions for travel and photography, frustrating himself with golf and enjoying his many friends and family.
Dr. White requested Dr. Drawbaugh, a trusted, insightful colleague, surgeon, physician executive and mentor to add his perspectives — the right, wrong or omitted — through formal commentary in Letters to an Aspiring Physician ― Reflecting on a Career in Medicine. As intended, his observations reflect his experience, research and discussions with many and add balance and validity to messages.
In addition, Dr. Drawbaugh’s photography populates Letters to an Aspiring Physician. Vivid color examples may be viewed in Dr. Drawbaugh’s Photo Gallery. Dr. Drawbaugh can be contacted via email ― firstname.lastname@example.org. He will be pleased to hear from you.
Stephen F Hightower MD FACP
Dr. Steve Hightower MD FACP is a practicing board-certified specialist in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. He has worked for over 35 years caring for patients in various environments including the Public Health Service (Truth or Consequences, New Mexico); a community based/university affiliated internal medicine residency program (Johnstown, Pennsylvania’s Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center); and multispecialty integrated health systems: Baylor/Scott and White (Georgetown, Texas) and Presbyterian Health Care (Albuquerque, New Mexico).
He has served in multiple roles over the years supporting his local medical colleagues including: Chief of Staff (Public Health Service); Associate Residency Program Director (Conemaugh): Champion of the Patient Centered Medical Home Project (Baylor/Scott and White); Lead Physician Internal Medicine (Presbyterian) and medical student faculty and mentor at all institutions.
Dr. Hightower’s emphasis for over three decades has been, through empathetic listening and counseling and education, to motivate patients to discover physical and mental lifestyle habits that enable lives well lived.
In Safer Medical Care for You and Yours — Six Tools for Safe, Effective Compassionate Care, Dr. Hightower partners with Dr. Mike White to avidly encourage patients to be involved in, informed about and responsible for their healthcare and, in the process, enable safer, effective and compassionate care if/when illness or injury force them to interact with ‘Better Angels’ in unfamiliar health care systems.
Dr. Hightower lives in Albuquerque, NM with his wife Terri — yes, of course, she is a nurse. In their own search for lives well lived, they enjoy bicycling (hills/mountains preferred), visiting the national parks, listening to classical music, and reading about real people who overcome incredible obstacles to succeed (for example, The Boys in the Boat and Band of Brothers). Their four grown children are each successfully striving to make positive impacts in their worlds. The best way to contact Dr. Hightower is via email ― email@example.com. He will be pleased to hear from you.
T Michael White FACP
Dr. Mike White’s formative years were spent in Schenectady, Saratoga, Bolton Landing and Albany, New York. He went to college (Union) and medical school (Albany) in that region. He trained in internal medicine in New York City (Metropolitan/Flower 5th Avenue Hospitals) and Connecticut (Greenwich Hospital in affiliation with Yale). His career has addressed private practice, teaching (residency program director) and administration (vice president for medical affairs/chief medical officer). He has practiced in New York, Connecticut, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Dr. Mike White is the author of Unsafe to Safe — an Impatient Proposal for Patient-centered Care. It addresses healthcare quality and safety. He has also written Safer Medical Care for You and Yours — Six Tools for Safe, Effective Compassionate Care. Dr. Stephen Hightower provides commentary. It provides tools that assists patients, and the family members that advocate for them, to be informed, involved and responsible regarding their healthcare. Dr. White recognizes this to be his career mission. His most recent professional book is Letters to the Aspiring Physician ― Reflecting on a Career in Medicine. It gently encourages the aspiring, with eyes wide open, to pursue careers in healthcare. As a change of pace, his A Crystal Spring Thanksgiving ― A Little Girl Plays Manly Golf is intended as “a message to be read and re-read by adults and explained to children and grandchildren so they may successfully make their way to the first tee and beyond.”
Dr. White lives in Hagerstown, Maryland. When not writing, his professional energies are spent, through seminars and coaching, assisting complex, vulnerable patients and their families partner with the ‘Better Angels’ who care for them so well to enable safe, timely, efficient, effective, equitable/just, compassionate, patient-centered care.
His avocations include family, competitive golf and poker and “visiting or going to visit” Saratoga and Lake George.
The best way to contact Dr. White is via email — firstname.lastname@example.org. He will be pleased to hear from you.