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Physician Videos

Did you know the Palo Alto Medical Foundation has more than 1,000 physicians? This blog page is our video series highlighting different physicans and their philosophies of patient-centered care for more than 800,000 people across the Bay Area. Search our doctor database to find a health care provider near you.

Guiding People Through Neurosurgery

Paul Jackson, M.D., neurosurgeon at the Palo Alto Center, always wanted to be a brain surgeon. “I’ve loved every minute of it, ” he says. “I’ve enjoyed research, clinical medicine and working at PAMF, which allows me to provide extraordinary medical care.”

Neurological conditions can be very complicated for patients to understand, Dr. Jackson says in this video, which is part of a series highlighting the diverse voices of PAMF physicians.. “It’s very difficult for people to become experts at their own disease fast enough to make the right decision. I try to help them through.”

A Trusted Partner

Neurosurgeon Stephen Ryu, M.D., makes every effort to stay abreast of his challenging field of medicine. “Neurosurgery is an amazing specialty that requires treatment of simple to very complex problems,” Dr. Ryu says. “There is never a dull day at work for me. It’s a challenge to stay on top of all the developments and technologies, but I feel I owe it to my patients to do so.”

While he is dedicated to the science of neurosurgery, he feels strongly about the personal connection he has with his patients. “People often come to me with concerns about their health, having been diagnosed with a condition of the brain or spine,” he says, “so my first job is to understand their feelings before I even address what brought them in.” Often his patients can be treated with non-surgical options. When surgery is required, trust is paramount. “I want my patients to know that my care team and I will be there for them through the journey,” Dr. Ryu says in this video, which is part of a series highlighting the diverse voices of PAMF physicians.

 

Helping People Feel Better Is the Best Reward

Making a difference in her patients’ lives is what Grace Peace Yu, M.D., finds most rewarding about her work.

“I recently I took care of a patient who had chronic sinusitis and allergies,” says Dr. Yu, an allergist and immunologist who sees adult and pediatric patients at PAMF’s Dublin, Fremont and Mountain View Centers. “I put her on some antibiotics and treated her allergies. When I called her she told me that she can now breathe through her nose, sleep at night, feels more awake during the day and is doing great. It was so rewarding to hear that she is much better thanks to my care.”

Dr. Yu also values the long-term relationships she builds with her patients.

“Being able to laugh and joke with my patients, celebrate their major life achievements, comfort them in times of need and improve the quality of their lives through my care is what’s most important to me.”

Get to know Dr. Yu in this video, which is part of a series highlighting the diverse voices of PAMF physicians.

Taking Time to Build Trust

Lisa Hladik, M.D., internal medicine physician at the Mills-Peninsula Division, loves being a primary care doctor because she can take time to build trusting relationships with her patients over years. “Everyone has their own values, their politics, cultural background and views on health care,” she says. “So I have to personalize everything I do.”

Her goal is to help her patients maintain good health so they will be able to do whatever they enjoy in life. She shares her views in this video, which is part of a series highlighting the diverse voices of PAMF physicians.

A Passion, Not a Job

When a new patient tells obstetrician and gynecologist Megan Beatty, M.D., that she has come because she was highly recommendation by the patient’s mom, sister or friend, she’s feels extremely honored.

“It’s very rewarding to know that I’ve had a positive impact on someone’s life and that they shared their experiences,” says Dr. Beatty, who sees patients at PAMF’s Dublin Center.

She feels privileged being part of some of the most special – as well as some of the most difficult – times in a woman’s life.

“I make sure I get to know how my patients are affected by any health issue and carefully explain all their options in detail, so each woman can find the right treatment option for her. That’s my passion,” she says in this video, which is part of a series highlighting the diverse voices of PAMF physicians.

Connecting Through Stories – Michael Conroy, M.D.

Michael Conroy, M.D., internal medicine physician at PAMF Santa Cruz, finds it very rewarding to help people work through health problems that they may not even have expected to encounter. But ultimately, it’s the stories his patients tell about their life and families that he enjoys most.
“It’s all the warmth and emotion that people bring through their stories that I remember and take home with me at the end of the day,” he says in this video, which is part of a series highlighting the diverse voices of PAMF physicians.