10 Questions with Dr. Dana Khuthaila
Dr. Dana Khuthaila is a plastic surgeon, mom and all around caring person. She not only inspires her patients but her sister and brother were inspired by her to follow the same path. Clearly being a doctor is not always easy but Dr. Dana has pushed through and now enjoys every minute. My favorite quote of hers is, "I am not a quitter and I wouldn’t allow myself to give up on my dream." Read the full interview below.
Tell me a little about yourself.
I’m a mother, surgeon and wife. My training in Plastic Surgery has given me the opportunity to travel the world and meet amazing people along the way. I have lived in many countries and finally I have chosen NYC to be my home.
1. What is your passion?
I’m a female plastic surgeon who specializes in breast cancer reconstruction and aesthetic surgery. My passion is using my honed skill and expertise to help people achieve their goals and overcome their fears of surgery.
2. Did you always see yourself in this role?
I knew all along that I wanted to work with people however I didn’t quite know that surgery would be the method that allows me to help them both physically and emotionally. People can be vulnerable when they are ill or lack self confidence so it’s important that I realize that, respect it, and provide the best care that I can in an honest and trustworthy fashion. Developing this rapport with a person is essential to a long lasting relationship.
3. What made you decide to take this path?
I started this path by wanting to be a doctor. I was the first one in my family to take this path. Since then both my brother and sister have followed suit. I began my internship with a Plastic Surgery rotation and I absolutely fell in love with it. Plastic surgery procedures can cover any part of the body, on any individual of any age. That’s what I love about it!
4. What is the most challenging aspect of your career?
I encounter regular difficulties throughout my work from a minor scheduling issue to more complicated cases, but the most challenging part is to remain calm, be patient, look at the big picture and make it all work out in the end.
5. What is your favorite part of a typical day?
My favorite part of each day is meeting my patients and hearing from them how the procedures have changed their lives for the better. It is very uplifting and rewarding and sometimes tearful (happy tears). I truly enjoy dedicating my time to my patients.
6. In one word, how would you describe yourself?
7. What other hobbies bring you joy?
Exercise for sure specifically Pilates and dancing. I also like to spend as much time as possible with my husband and son. Every minute with my 4 year old son is pure joy.
8. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Find what you want to do and go for it. Don’t be afraid to try.
9. Did you ever think about giving up on your dream? If so, how did you get through it?
Residency was hard. Long hours with very little sleep and food, away from family and friends wear you down. I thought briefly of giving up, but I am not a quitter and I wouldn’t allow myself to give up on my dream. I just had to take it day by day. Those difficult times just made me stronger.
10. If you could give ONE PIECE of advice to someone who is starting out on a quest to follow their passion, what would that be?
First choose something you love and keep at it and never give up. With persistence, faith and hard work you can achieve your dreams.
Happiness is the journey to pursue your dreams and not just the destination.
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