Every day, our doctors go above and beyond to help our communities heal. On March 30, we celebrate Doctors’ Day, expressing our appreciation to those who care for us and guide us to maintain a healthy lifestyle all year.
Karroll Payne, MD, OB/GYN with Our Lady of the Angels Health, joined our ministry this year and shared her thoughts on being a doctor.
What inspired you to pursue a career in medicine/healthcare?
I enjoy helping people and getting to know people on a personal level.
Why did you choose your specialty?
I enjoy helping women at all phases of life, from adolescence to elderly. Only OB/GYN affords me that opportunity.
Have there been any challenges you’ve faced and overcome in your career journey?
There is always a sacrifice in being a doctor. I’ve often missed family occasions (both joyous and sad) because of my professional obligations.
Who has influenced you most in your career?
My dear mentor Dr. Estelle Whitney, who showed me you can be a successful OB/GYN and have a successful personal life. Also Dr. Paul Kamiski, who showed me how to laugh while being an OB/GYN.
What do you like most about being a doctor?
I like being a part of my patients’ lives.
If you weren’t a doctor, what would you do?
If I weren’t a doctor, I would be an engineer. I have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering, biological systems and mechanical.
How do you ensure your patients feel heard during their visit?
I make sure my patients feel heard by not talking and by paying attention to them.
Why did you choose Our Lady of the Angels Health for your practice?
I chose Our Lady of the Angels for its philosophy of listening to patients.
What is something that people may be surprised to know about you?
That I like to laugh.
Is there anything else you would want to share in a profile about you and your career?
Don’t get discouraged. The most satisfying and interesting paths are rarely a straight line. Enjoy the detours.