Obstetrician bonds with families, birth after birth

The Medical PerspectiveAs a medical specialty, obstetrics and gynecology can pose some interesting contrasts, ranging from medicine to surgery, treating the young and the old, dealing with middle-of-the-night call-outs and witnessing the joy of a new life.

We asked Dennis Owens, M.D., to share a little about the life of an obstetrician and gynecologist.

A Benton native, he graduated from Murray State University and University of Kentucky College of Medicine before completing his ob-gyn residency at UK and moving to Paducah to raise his family.

Q. What is the greatest reward you have experienced as an obstetrician?

A. “When you deliver the first, the second, even the fifth and sixth child to any parent, you build a real bond with that patient and her family. When you see that family out and about, and they know you and you know them, you take some pride in their beautiful, smart kids. That’s a nice legacy to leave behind.”

Q. During your career, what new procedure or treatment has been most beneficial to women’s health?

A. “Certainly minimally invasive surgery has been a continuously improving process. Also doing essure procedures and endometrial ablations in the office is a huge win-win for patients.”

Q. What is your most common advice to your patients?

A. It’s hard to limit it to just one, but some are:

  • Don’t miss your mammograms.
  • Don’t miss your colonoscopy.
  • Don’t dismiss the benefits of hormone replacement therapy.
  • Exercise, exercise, exercise!

When he’s not working, Dr. Owens loves to travel – especially to the mountains. Whether it’s snow-skiing or backpacking in Colorado or Wyoming, or trout-fishing in North Carolina, he loves the outdoors – especially when he’s with those he calls his “girls” – wife Carolyn of 37 years and their daughters Ashley, 27, and Paige, 19.

In fact, he’s a man of many hobbies, ranging from cooking, photography and exercise to his love of music on a booming sound system. He’s a sports fan, especially of the Kentucky Wildcats; a voracious reader, from fiction to the Wall Street Journal; and a life-long learner.

Those interests serve him well in his medical practice. “Medicine is changing so quickly that we are constantly learning something new. You’re never done.”

For Dr. Owens, the art of practicing medicine is as important as the science. That means making his patients feel special. “I really try to make them feel somewhat spoiled in this increasingly impersonal system of health care.”

See Dr. Owens with one of his patients, discussing pre-term labor, at:

http://www.westernbaptist.com/staticfiles/westernbaptist/health-information/healthsource/WBHHealthSourceF08.pdf

To hear Dr. Owens discuss fertility treatments, see this video:

http://www.westernbaptist.com/News/HealthBreaks/HealthBreak+-+Infertility+Treatments

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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