At the end of the day, we all need a place to call our own, but for Dr. Siddharth Patel, that place is constantly on the go.
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- This article was originally published in the September 2017 issue of 400-The Life, a publication of the Forsyth County News. To read the entire magazine, click here.
There might not be a profession that needs a place to escape the daily stresses of life more than a surgeon.
But For Dr. Siddharth Patel, a vascular surgeon at Northside Hospital, it’s less about where he goes than who he goes to.
When not performing surgery or his other duties at the hospital, Patel said he makes every effort to be with his wife and two young sons, 7-year-old Aayan and 2-year-old Aarin.
“Having gone through the rigors of medical training and surgical training and fellowship training, I certainly saw my share of mentors and senior surgeons who were basically in the hospital their entire life,” Patel said. “Even though I love to practice surgery, it was always important for me to have that work-life balance.
“Committing to surgery doesn’t mean you have to commit yourself or sacrifice your family.”
My philosophy is I want to be home for dinner with my family most nights out of the week, if not all nights if I can. I don’t book myself surgery-wise where I can’t do that.Siddharth Patel, vascular surgeon, Northside Hosptial
Patel said he typically does between two and four procedures over two shifts a week, not including unexpected procedures and emergencies.
Once he is out of the hospital, family time is the priority.
“My philosophy is I want to be home for dinner with my family most nights out of the week, if not all nights if I can,” he said. “I don’t book myself surgery-wise where I can’t do that.”
Patel said his schedule allows him to take his older son to school four days a week and also spend time with him playing Legos, sports, guitar and riding bikes, though his younger son is starting to catch up.
“We’ll pack up the bikes, head out to Alpharetta on one of the trails and spend half the day out there and ride,” Patel said.
With the age gap between his sons, there aren’t many common activities that interest a toddler and a second grader.
“With a four-and-a-half-year age gap, they have very different interests,” Patel said. “The little one is starting to sneak up on the big one and everything he’s doing."
Patel said he’s hoping to soon get his older son involved in one of his own favorite pastimes.
“I like to play golf and like to do that as often as I can,” he said. “Next summer, I’m hoping to get our older one into golf lessons, and that’s something we can do together and I’ll feel less guilty about spending a few hours away.”