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The Spy: Lisa Gould, MD, PhD

Updated: Feb 6

Dr. Gould is the Associate Medical Director and Director of Research at South Shore Hospital Center for Wound Healing in Weymouth, MA. She brings her passion for research and education to her clinical practice and to the national organizations she serves, including the Wound Healing Society, the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care, and the American College of Surgeons.

…And she totally wanted to be a spy.


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Dr. Gould earned her MD, PhD in the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been practicing plastic and reconstructive surgery with an emphasis on difficult wound problems since 1999. She is also an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown University. A past president of the Wound Healing Society, she has served on the executive board for more than 10 years and is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Association for Advanced Wound Care and the Wound Healing Society.

Dr. Gould’s Prescription for Success:

Number 1: Don’t let people tell you, you can’t do it. Just figure it out and do it.

Number 2: Just begin and the rest will come

Number 3: If you don’t like what you’re doing, don’t be afraid to change.

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Notable quotes from Dr. Gould’s interview:

I actually advise people to get a liberal arts education, especially if they’re going into medicine, because it’s about the last time you can touch that sort of thing and expand your mind and read things that you might not otherwise read.
Well, I really liked procedures. And what I realized was, I really liked closing things up and making them tidy. Which is why I started thinking about plastic surgery because that was the part that I felt the best about us like, oh, now everything’s nice and neat.
I don’t have a private practice bone in my body.
So I guess you could say I’m living the dream, even though I don’t have my own research laboratory, I have a living laboratory with all these patients.
And they are superheroes I really want to study them to find out what’s different about anybody that makes it to 97 and is still walking around. They’re a different kind of person than we usually take care of and that’s kind of where some of the research ideas are coming from, as we should be looking at people who don’t get wounds or people that are different than a typical chronic patient.
So I keep moving, and it sounds like I’ve moved around a lot, but it’s always been to try to better myself and to keep adding to my quiver, so that I can be better in the end and help more people.

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