Mother knows best: Motherly advice that shaped our doctors

A mother’s nurturing love and support can help guide a child – or adult – to great things. Mother’s Day is an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the women who have shaped us. Here, some of our doctors reflect on the advice their mothers shared that made them who they are today. Treat your patients like family  “My mother inspired me to be the best at whatever I desired to be, and she told me to shoot for the stars. She didn’t have a formal education, but she has heaps of street smarts. When she learned I wanted to become a surgeon, she told me to take care of my patients as I would take care of my family and all would be well. This is what I use as my driving force when I make treatment recommendations and surgical decisions.” — Ashish Kamat, M.D. The gift of resilience “Growing up as a minority in a relatively small town, my mom warned me that there would be times when others would try to define me — whether it was by being a woman, a black American or solidly middle-class. She made me understand that people would make assumptions and have expectations of who I am, how I should act and what I could be based on how I looked, but she told me that I couldn’t allow those things to influence how I felt about myself and what I was capable of achieving. She prepared me for real life and gave me the gift of resilience. When you know who you are, you can’t be shaken. If I’m able to get that...