Name: Douglas C Finefrock
Hometown: Born in Massillon, OH
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Place of Practice: Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ
Why did you want to become a doctor?
I felt it was the best way I could personally help people.
What sets you apart from other doctors in your field?
My #1 passion is in teaching bedside manner. As a Vice Chairman of an ER and Program Director of an ER residency I've developed an online program through the Sullivan Group to teach all healthcare providers (Doctors, RNs, NPs and PAs) how to improve the patient experience.
What are your 5 tips for living longer?
- Make sure your doctor really understands you. My #1 passion in medicine is teaching health care providers how to improve their bedside manner. I've developed online teaching videos through the Sullivan Group that can be used by all health-care providers (Doctors, RNs, NPs and PAs) on how to improve the patient experience.
- Don’t be afraid to say “I Love You.” Many of us aren’t good at this but there is nothing worse then suddenly losing a loved one and then realizing you never told them you loved them. As an ER doctor I see on a daily basis how life can change abruptly and we lose moments that we never can get back.
- Wear your seat belt in the back of a cabs. I’ve taken care of too many people with facial injuries from hitting their head on the Plexiglas that could have been prevented. Better to be smart and buckle up!
- Don’t wait until it’s an emergency. Too many people put off their illnesses until there is too much damage then come to the ER when it’s critical.
- Learn from your elders. My grandmother Margaret Ann is one of the strongest people I know and a true role model in perseverance. Having been born with one lung, she survived breast cancer and colon cancer and has recently developed multiple clots in her only lung. She continues to tell her grandson the doctor that she's fine. Her strength and resilience is an example for all of us who face illnesses throughout our lives.