BackTable / ENT / Podcast / Episode #78
Leadership in Pediatric Otolaryngology
with Dr. Dana Thompson and Dr. Daniel Choo
In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Soham Roy, chair of pediatric otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital Colorado, invites 2 pediatric otolaryngology chairs, Dr. Daniel Choo (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital) and Dana Thompson (Lurie Children’s Hospital), to discuss their paths to leadership and advice for effective leadership.
BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2022, November 22). Ep. 78 – Leadership in Pediatric Otolaryngology [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com
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Dr. Dana Thompson
Dr. Daniel Choo is the chair of pediatric otolaryngology with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio.
Dr. Daniel Choo
Dr. Dana Thompson is the chair of pediatric otolaryngology with Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
Dr. Soham Roy
Dr. Soham Roy is Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology at McGovern Medical School at UT Health Science Center at Houston.
First, Dr. Choo and Dr. Thompson discuss their motivations for becoming leaders in pediatric otolaryngology. Dr. Thompson emphasizes the importance of using her voice to create impact in the medical field as a black female physician. Although Dr. Choo was a reluctant leader at first, he now sees himself as a servant leader who finds job and personal satisfaction in uplifting others.
Then, Dr. Roy questions whether leadership is innate or learned. All three doctors agree that leadership can be learned, but potential leaders have to be willing and able to assume the position. Dr. Thompson notes that she gained leadership skills from career leadership programs, her leadership coach, and her MBA. Dr. Choo notes that introverted leaders can also succeed, as leadership places great importance on individual interactions and relationships with people.
Finally, the doctors discuss how to prepare for a leadership role. Effective healthcare leaders identify gaps in healthcare delivery to their patients, know the strengths and weaknesses of their programs, have the courage to show their vulnerability to their staff members, and never forget to point out the impact that their trainees are making every day.
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