Articles  |   October 2013
Leading an Academic Department During a Critical Illness: One Chair’s Story
Author Affiliations
  • David L. Brown, M.D.
    Anesthesiology Institute
    Chair
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Articles   |   October 2013
Leading an Academic Department During a Critical Illness: One Chair’s Story
ASA Monitor 10 2013, Vol.77, 39-41.
ASA Monitor 10 2013, Vol.77, 39-41.
Our specialty is linked to a number of occupational hazards. My story began almost 35 years ago; it was in the era when we did not wear gloves and needle sticks were frequent. This was the time of non-A, non-B hepatitis, which often ended up actually being hepatitis C (HCV). My health was really not impaired in the early years of Type 1 HCV. I still worked out daily and was viewed as being fit. My physicians and I used watchful waiting and intermittent liver biopsies to decide upon best next steps for me. Type 1 HCV has always been difficult to cure; it was my hope that my lifespan would not be altered by my HCV and I could avoid treatment. During the summer of 2011, a new three-drug regimen for HCV was approved by the FDA, and my hepatologist and I elected to treat my disease due to the increased cure rates with the new regimen. My hepatologist gave me great advice about treatment for HCV: “take the hit when you are healthy enough to take the hit.” That was lifesaving advice.
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