Physician Spotlight: Shannon Abikhaled, MD

Physician Spotlight: Shannon Abikhaled, MD

by | August 14th, 2015
  

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  1. What inspired you to begin working in obstetrics and gynecology?Way back when I was in fourth grade, the nuns told me in no uncertain terms that a girl could not become the president of the United States, and so I decided at that moment to become a physician.

    After three years of medical school, I wanted to do infectious diseases and not until the last year did I narrow my field to OB/GYN. I have never regretted that decision because my life has never been boring.

  1. Why are you passionate about working in this area of health care? 

    After finishing my training in OB/GYN I worked for one year at MD Anderson Cancer Hospital overseeing the clinics and treating pre-invasive disease of the cervix. This experience made me a better gynecologist and surgeon. The lifelong ability to train in new areas such as Davinci robotic surgery, Ultrasound and office surgery makes coming to work challenging and stimulating.

  1. How is the relationship with your patients important to you? 

    Obstetrics is such a life changing event for all of my patients. I have the opportunity to be a part of one of the most important events in a family, and that is such a privilege. Meanwhile, Gynecology allows me to build a long relationship with my patients and assist them over many years.

  1. What are a few of your favorite things to do around the Austin area? 

    My parents came to Austin in 1966 as graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin. I learned how to swim in Deep Eddy and was at the first Zilker Park Christmas tree lighting. These are still some of my favorite things to do.

  1. Tell us what patients can expect during their first visit with you. 

    My first visit involves a discussion of what brought the patient in to see me and what I can offer for their problem. Then we perform an exam and often order additional tests and /or labs.

  1. What is your favorite part about being a physician? 

    One of the most rewarding parts of being a physician is the tremendous diversity of the things that I do everyday.For example, yesterday I woke up at 5 a.m. and came into the hospital to see three patients. One pregnant patient had complications of pregnancy, one patient had delivered her baby the day before and one patient had Gyn surgery the day before. At 7 a.m. I did a circumcision and at 7:30 I helped my partner do a surgery. By 9:45 a.m. I was back at the office seeing patients. One of them came to the office in labor and was admitted to the hospital to have her baby. I finished seeing patients in the office and went back to the hospital. Just before 7:30 p.m. I delivered my patient.

    That was a typical busy day.

  1. Share with us some of your favorite hobbies! 

    Unfortunately, my hobbies often get too little attention. I have always loved to read but most of my leisure reading is done only when I travel on an airplane.I also get so much satisfaction in cooking and baking. Seeing my kids run into the kitchen for hot chocolate chip cookies is one of my most satisfying moments. We are always trying new recipes for holidays.

    Lastly, if I could travel to all of the bucket list places that I have wanted to explore, I may not have time to work at all!

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