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Life Changing Moments: Preparing for Your Encore, with Dr. Addison May

Updated: Feb 4

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Dr. Dael Waxman and Dr. Addison May explore the multifaceted journey of physician retirement, emphasizing the imperativeness of active engagement and thoughtful planning during this pivotal transition. Dr. May, navigating through his own voyage into retirement, underscores the value of repurposing medical expertise in alternative avenues such as consulting and global surgery. Acknowledging the complexities and varied paths in retirement transitions, Dr. May’s reflections poignantly highlight the necessity of finding purpose and staying intentional. Dr. Waxman succinctly concludes the episode, articulating retirement as not merely an endpoint but a significant transition requiring meticulous planning and intentionality. Physicians and medical providers, your journey toward retirement is paramount.

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Dr Addison May is Chief of Acute Care Surgery for the Atrium Health system and Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to assuming this role in 2018, he held the Ingram Chair in Surgical Sciences and was Professor of Surgery and Anaesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he served as the Director of Surgical Critical Care and the Program Director of Vanderbilt’s Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship for 17 years. Dr May is a past President of the Surgical Infection Society, past Chair of the Surgical Section of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Surgery, and a recipient of the Barry A. Shapiro Memorial Award for Excellence in Critical Care awarded by the American College of Critical Care Medicine. He has published greater than 230 peer reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and editorials predominately in the areas of surgical infections, critical illness, and trauma.

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