STAT News - "As A Scientist, He Studied Trauma Victims. Then He Became One" - Andrew Joseph

New York, NY
 – September 21, 2017  –– 

Dennis Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz dean of the Icahn School of Mount Sinai and president for academic affairs at the Mount Sinai Health System recalled how his life changed after one morning picking up his iced coffee; he heard a shotgun boom and saw blood pouring down his shoulder and chest. He spent five days in the intensive care unit and then was scared to sleep with the lights off. How even now, a year later, he carried buckshot in his body. He explained how, before all that, he had studied trauma victims and their recoveries. Bouncing back from trauma is possible, but some people will need to work harder than others. Dr. Charney never viewed the keys to resilience described in his book as a checklist to follow, and knew that they weren’t a one-size-fits-all cure. But many of the steps he took mirrored the advice he gave to readers. He set goals he could aim for, starting with his determination to get out of the hospital and speak at the white coat ceremony. He leaned on his family. He reflected on the resilience stories he had heard, understanding that role models offer an example to follow. He exercised. And he found a new purpose in becoming a trauma victim.

- Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System

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