Now in his second year of practicing pulmonology (respiratory disorders), Dr. Adam Van Mason has always wanted to help others, especially the youth in his community. Helping cure patients provides Dr. Van Mason with plenty of motivation, and his day often starts with reviewing his patient schedule before diving into the latest medical literature so that he can stay abreast of any emerging information affecting his patients. The remainder of his day is full of patient visits, and giving the children who come in the attention they deserve is a top priority. “There is a high degree of collaboration between the physicians and nurse practitioners,” explains Dr. Van Mason. “For difficult cases, all three pediatric pulmonology specialists and the nurse practitioner often work together in the background to come up with the best care plan for patients.”
“A friendly greeting and a smile make all the difference when it comes to making a good first impression, and for those under the age of 5, a sticker never hurts, either.”
1. What is your best advice for patients?
I am a firm believer that there is a strong connection between the mind and body. Patients who are able to focus on something positive each day, even if it’s small, seem to do much better, in my experience.
2. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
Listening. I am a firm believer that 90% of diagnoses are made by listening to the patient and their family.
3. How does your staff enhance your practice?
The excellent nurses, medical assistants, and respiratory therapists are invaluable and are some of the best professionals I have had the privilege of working with. Each person on our team has a unique role and takes pride in their work. They help immensely with efficiency and set the stage for a great visit.
4. What is your philosophy when it comes to the care of your patients?
I care for patients like I would my own family.
5. Why did you choose to become a doctor?
Several years after college, I was volunteering at a homeless shelter. The teenagers there would tell me about their health problems, and it inspired me to pursue a profession that would combine my love of people and science.
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