What I want to be ‘when I go up’

The Medical Perspective The path for obstetrician-gynecologist Brad Housman, M.D., seems to have been set long ago.

His father, Lloyd Housman, M.D., practiced the same medical specialty in the same city at the same hospital – obviously an influence even for a little boy.  (See the little boy at his father’s desk, pictured below.)

“I was going through some keepsakes my mom had given me, and I found a worksheet from second grade that said (with spelling and grammar errors), ‘When I go up I want to be a doctor.  You will half to go to training for four years. Then when I am a docter I do sergery.’  Spelling and grammar notwithstanding, I guess I was meant to be a doctor from an early age.”

Dr. Housman with dadAfter medical school at the University of Kentucky and residency at East Carolina University and University of Kentucky, Dr. Housman headed straight for his hometown and Western Baptist, where most of the region’s babies are delivered.

“Settling in Paducah seemed like the right move for me and my family. I was able to work with my father (pictured below in surgery together) for the first five years of my career, and I really treasure that time we had together.”

A legacy into the future

The elder Dr. Housman has since retired, but his son carries the legacy forward in an era of revolutionary changes in women’s medicine. “With the advent of endometrial ablations, some women are able to avoid hysterectomy altogether, and, for those who require hysterectomy, laparoscopic hysterectomy, especially robotic hysterectomy, has allowed us to shorten hospital stays and get women active much quicker.”

Dr. Brad Housman Trained in da Vinci robotic surgery, he finds the surgical advances rewarding. However, it’s the advances in obstetrics care that delight Dr. Housman most. “It’s especially rewarding to help someone achieve pregnancy who is struggling with infertility. To be able to bring them this miracle that they have waited for so long is remarkable.”

During his 12-year career, he has delivered scores of babies, marking the most significant days in the lives of those families. He’s honored to share those memorable days, especially when his skill and modern technology – such as Western Baptist’s neonatal intensive care unit – can turn dangerous situations into positive outcomes.

Dr. Housman in OR

A word of thanks

Accustomed to celebrating in the moment with new parents and their infants, sometimes he’s surprised to be reminded of the long-lasting impact of his work years later. “I was at the ballpark recently with my son, when a 9-year-old boy came up and said, ‘My dad says you delivered me, and I wanted to thank you!’ That really meant a lot.”

And your work, Dr. Housman, means a lot to all of those families.  

Get to know Dr. Housman better through these videos:

Dr. Housman on da Vinci hysterectomy

Dr. Housman on the importance of prenatal care




About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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