“I am very excited to be a part of the Chattanooga medical community in a career that I love.”
After completing four years of medical school and six years of surgical residency, Dr. Stephen Greer feels very comfortable in the operating room. In fact, it’s one of his favorite aspects of his profession. “During college, I had a job as a surgical assistant, and I looked forward to going to work every day,” he shares. “I loved the OR environment and realized it was something that truly excited me.” Now with University Surgical Associates, Dr. Greer finds other parts of his day exciting as well, from working one-on-one with patients to learning better methods for operating. “New techniques and technologies are allowing us to do more operations in a minimally invasive way, which is great for patient care and recovery,” he says. “We’re also rethinking perioperative care, meaning that the things we do to prepare our patients before and after surgery are improving their outcomes.”
Taking Charge in the Operating Room
1. What sets your practice apart?
I try to take a lot of time talking with my patients. I want them to understand as much as possible about their condition and the treatment options available.
2. What do you love most about your profession?
I love being able to take someone who is suffering from a medical problem, and in many cases, fix it so they can return to their normal life.
3. What is your best advice for patients?
I think it’s important to understand that any time we think about doing an operation, we always have to consider both the risks and benefits. Occasionally, that may mean delaying or holding off on an operation to improve the likelihood of a good outcome.
4. How does your staff enhance your practice?
They make it possible. There are so many things that go into a surgical practice that aren’t visible on the outside. My staff is invaluable in communicating with and treating patients, keeping the schedule organized, and so many other things.
5. What’s the key to making a great first impression?
People want to be treated with respect. We are all individuals with our own stories and backgrounds, and we don’t want to be treated as just another appointment. I think that just sitting down and listening to someone goes a long way.