Leigh Anne Dageforde, MD, MPH
Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgeon, Department of Surgery, Division of Transplantation

 

My parents are the reason I became a surgeon. My father was an interventional cardiologist and took me to work when I was young. Every December, we would deliver homemade treats to patients and their families. My dad loved his job of taking care of patients and the patients loved my dad.

My practice today has been directly influenced by the times my father took me along to his work—both in his cardiology practice and on international medical trips. This developed my interest in medicine, but it was my mom who encouraged me to be a surgeon.

My entire life, my mom told me that I could be anything I wanted to be when I grew up.  Over the years studying medicine, surgery and transplantation were challenging, but she was a constant encouragement reminding me to keep pursuing my dreams.

Together my parents inspired me to choose this incredibly rewarding career, and they are still my tireless cheering squad. I’m thankful to have the opportunity to provide patients with a new and improved liver or kidney, hope and the return to the fullest long life.