/ by UK HealthCare
Meet Dr. Reese Randle, an endocrine surgeon who specializes in treating benign and malignant diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. The Texas native joined UK HealthCare in August 2017 where he is an avid researcher in addition to his clinical work. We caught up with Dr. Randle for this week's edition of Making the Rounds to find out how he became interested in endocrinology and what he finds rewarding in medicine.
When did you first become interested in being a doctor?
I first got interested in medicine when I was fairly young. I liked biology and the complexities of the human body and how it works. I like helping people, and combining my love of science with my passion to help people just made medicine a natural fit.
Why did you decide to specialize in endocrinology?
I was very fascinated by the profound impact that hormones can have over the entire body. To combine that with surgery where you can target an approach, oftentimes a minimally invasive approach, to what many people experience is a systemic disease – it can provide great outcomes for people and often make them feel better.
What can patients expect when they have an appointment with you?
When patients come to see me, they can expect to have a listening ear because a lot of times people with endocrine problems have been passed around or flown under the radar with a lot of things. Often they go un-recognized, and patients have a lot of frustrations.
If you have a problem with your thyroid or parathyroid, you can expect that I want to look with an ultrasound myself and see what exactly is going on underneath the skin and have a really candid conversation about what options are available and where they would like to go with their own treatment.
Describe your patient care philosophy.
I think one thing that I do well is not look at a patient and assume that I know everything that's going on the first time I meet them. I like to take time to gather a lot of information – that's looking at old records, having detailed conversations with the patients, doing ultrasounds in clinic, and looking at CT scans or whatever imaging lab work. If I need a second opinion, I'm happy to get that before we really formulate a plan together with the patient.
Watch our interview with Dr. Reese Randle to learn more about the challenges and rewards of being an endocrine surgeon.