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.
Tiffany Scarff, MD, neurologist with St. Dominic Hospital, has been with our ministry since 2016 and shared her thoughts on being a doctor.
What inspired you to pursue a career in medicine/healthcare? Why did you choose your specialty?
I chose to pursue medicine because I wanted to do something challenging with a wide scope. I was interested in helping patients as well as learning a fascinating field. I was drawn to neurology because the nervous system is one of the most complex and interesting topics in medicine. I specialize further in epilepsy.
Who has influenced you most in your career?
I was influenced by many of the wonderful neurologists that trained me in medical school and residency.
What do you like most about being a doctor?
Interacting with my patients as well as getting to work with a wide range of other healthcare professionals are what I like most about being a doctor.
If you weren’t a doctor, what would you do?
I majored in English in college, so I would probably do something in the liberal arts.
How do you ensure your patients feel heard during their visit?
I ensure my patients feel heard by taking time and making sure they feel comfortable with me to tell me how they are feeling.
Why did you choose St. Dominic Medicial Associates for your practice?
The physicians in my group have a wide range of specialties. I learn a lot from being around them.
What is something that people may be surprised to know about you? Is there anything else you would want to share in a profile about you and your career?
My family is originally from Texas. I went to college at the University of Texas, and I also have a master’s degree in chemistry.