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The Sage: Courtney Chambers, MD, FACS

Updated: Feb 6

Dr. Courtney Chambers has enjoyed a diverse practice as a board-certified general surgeon for 23 years. His body of work has included general and vascular surgery, as well as wound care and hyperbaric medicine, covering both coasts from Connecticut to California. His distinctive bedside manner has been enjoyed by patients and their families alike, which is reflected in numerous accolades from patient satisfaction surveys such as Press Ganey and others. Over the years he practiced in various practice models, including single-specialty group practice, solo practice, and multi-specialty group practice. Dr. Chambers also enjoyed non-clinical roles in healthcare. Most recently, he was the medical director for outpatient surgery for his multi-specialty group and was a founding member of the Network Operating Council, the governing body for the group’s ambulatory services. In that role he was co-chair of the group’s quality improvement (QI) section and directly contributed to the group being awarded the Ronald P. Bangasser Award for QI improvement in California, one of only eight organizations awarded annually.

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Dr. Chambers left Jamaica at the age of fifteen to study at the University of Hartford in Connecticut where his mother and siblings studied before him. He declared his chemistry/biology joint major as a sophomore, then a year later made the decision to apply to medical school. He chose The University of Connecticut School of Medicine, then the Hospital of Saint Raphael, part of the Yale program in New Haven, CT for general surgery training. Throughout the years Dr. Chambers has enjoyed teaching medical students, interns, and residents and relishes the opportunity to impart knowledge gained from his experiences in healthcare to the younger generation of healthcare professionals. It is this role that he feels is the most important at this time. He feels that there is a limit to how many patients can be impacted through the doctor-patient relationship. However, that number becomes infinite when the goal is to influence others who have recently entered or are about to enter into the profession.

Dr. Chambers Prescription for Success:

Number 1: Define what YOUR success would look and feel like to YOU, not what it would look and feel like to your parents, friends, or family, and certainly not what it would look like to strangers. Then chart a path that will get you there.

Number 2: Ask for help. Ask for help early and ask for help frequently. This is not a sign of weakness. It is actually a sign of strength and shows insight into yourself into oneself.

Number 3: Be prepared when chances present themselves. Take them and go boldly forward.

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Notable quotes from Dr. Chambers interview:

I was absolutely and still am in love with the practice of general surgery. I don’t remember, regardless of what the situation was, a moment where I wished I had done or had chosen something else.
I don’t know, anything other than full steam ahead. So that worked very well for me.
I talk about my friends, I talk about my family, and I don’t talk much about my faith. But boy, I needed all three of them and I needed them badly.
I tried to teach my son and anyone else who would listen, the idea of not burning bridges. You just never know what opportunity is going to appear where and with whom, and who is going to be involved in decision-making that might greatly affect your life and your professional world.
It’s good that I bring my 23 years in the trenches to the table, and I’m ready to educate anyone who challenges my capacity to encourage them
There are three things we can’t take back: the sped arrow, the spoken word, and the neglected opportunity.
I would relish the opportunity to be able to impact one, two, or three people and start that chain reaction of them impacting others. So we can all be a better version of ourselves, and that our society can be a better version of itself.

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