No one sings the praises of Dr. Randolph Gould better than his former patient Ruth Bates.
"I had a rectal bleed with complications," Bates said in a statement. "It was Dr. Gould's decisiveness and expertise that saved the day. I will forever be grateful to him for the added years he has given me."
Gould was surprised and honored that Bates thought so highly of him.
"It's a privilege every day to get close to patients and become their friends," Gould said. "We are blessed as physicians to make friends that way and we have the privilege of earning people's trust to help through illnesses."
A native of Norfolk, Gould has been a partner in the Norfolk Surgical Group for 26 years. He holds several academic positions and professional and hospital positions including general surgery attending staff at Eastern Virginia School of Medicine, clinical assistant professor of surgery, Department of Surgery at EVMS, and attending surgeon at Sentara Leigh Hospital, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Chesapeake General Hospital.
He has served as president of the Virginia Medical Society and has been active with the society's political action committee as well as the American Medical Association's legislative efforts.
Gould was drawn to the medical profession because he enjoys interacting with people on a personal level and the ability to make a contribution to society.
"My father is a retired dentist and I admired him as one of the best doctors I've ever known," Gould said. "I admired the way he took care of his patients and treated them with respect and dignity. He is truly a role model for me and the best doctor I know."
While completing his rotation in medical school, Gould loved everything he did but was drawn to general surgery.
"I felt like it was an opportunity to have a skill and do something technically in the operating room to treat illness and alleviate suffering," he said. "I was drawn to the critical aspects of general surgery. I found it exciting and challenging."
At the end of the day, Gould says he's no different from the doctors in his group and community.
"Overall we are cognizant of the great privilege we have," he said. "We try to do the best we can every day." nib
-- Lakeshia Artis