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Doctors in the Community

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015

Doylestown Health physicians practice medicine well beyond the walls of the hospital. You'll see them on the sideline of sporting events, in the classroom and throughout the community, spreading a message of wellness that is important for young ears to hear.

Three Doylestown Health physicians tell us in their own words about their involvement with the community and what motivates them to work with young people.

Life lessons through sports

Kieran Cody, MDKieran Cody, MD, Orthopedics

"I've been involved as a team doctor at Central Bucks East since I started practice in Doylestown 19 years ago. Initially I worked with Vince Menna, MD, a pediatrician in Doylestown. After he retired I took over the position as team physician.

Being team physician for a school means being on the sidelines for every football game and every home wrestling match. I am also available to the team trainer seven days a week for any questions that he might have. I understand that athletic seasons in high school are very short, and it's critically important to get the student athletes into the office as quickly as possible so that they can get back to doing what they love to do.

My favorite experience with the young athletes was to watch Coach Greene, who recently lost his battle with cancer, talk to the football team after the game. Win or lose he was a moral compass for these kids and talked to them about the big picture. He talked to them about family and about community and what it takes to bring honor to themselves and the team. After all, sports are so much more than what happens on the field, they provide kids with lessons and memories that will last a lifetime."

Getting athletes back on the field

Douglas BoylanDoug Boylan, MD, Orthopedics

"It was through my own experiences playing high school sports and having injuries that I became interested in orthopedics and sports medicine. During my sports medicine fellowship I cared for athletes at the University of Utah. In 2002, I was an orthopedic surgeon at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, where I had the opportunity to work with Olympic athletes from all over the world.

Since finishing orthopedic surgery residency and a sports medicine fellowship, I have been active in the community regarding sports-related injuries. Dr. Charles Burmeister was a physician who enjoyed caring for local athletes at the high school and collegiate level in the Central Bucks and Palisades area. He helped me when I returned home 16 years ago to get involved with the local high school and middle school athletic teams.

I have been the team physician for the Central Bucks West and Central Bucks South football and wrestling teams for a number of years. I think it is important to have local, well-trained physicians working with local teams. I am very fortunate to be affiliated with Doylestown Hospital as I feel that the care provided by the staff there is exceptional."

Taking health education to heart

David L. Smith, MDDavid L. Smith, MD, Cardiology

"I started teaching a heart disease program about 10 years ago when my own son was a student at Holicong Middle School. Today, the program has grown to include all of the middle schools in the Central Bucks and New Hope-Solebury school districts. I present to about two thousand kids a year.

I want the students to link their behavior now to what happens to them when they get older. I try to plant a seed. It's not too early to think about heart health. How fit you are and how much you weigh really do affect your health. Studies of young soldiers have shown that heart blockages can start in their 20s. I tell the students what a heart attack is, and if they don't want to end up there they need to make healthy choices.

I try to share my enthusiasm. I like to see the students' eyes light up when they think about the future. Kids are our future and they're important. As Doylestown Health expands their model of care for people at all stages of life, in sickness and in health, we are focused on promoting wellness.

What I enjoy the most is when a kid comes down to me after the presentation bubbling with enthusiasm. Some of them say, ‘Wow. I want to be a doctor.' If you can reach a young person and they remember it, that's a pretty powerful thing."

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