At work Dobratz directs facial plastic and reconstructive surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at EVMS.
Home and family Virginia Beach; wife Melanie "Mel"; daughter Zoe, 5; son EJ, 2.
Volunteer activities Last year I had the opportunity to participate in volunteer surgery for a Bolivian teenager who underwent resection of an abnormal growth of his brain that had caused deformity of his skull and face. One of my partners met this boy on a mission in Bolivia and helped coordinate bringing him to Norfolk for the surgery. Through charitable donations for travel and lodging and with the help of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Dr. Vijay Singh, a neurosurgeon, and I where able to perform surgery to correct the abnormal growth and reconstruct his skull and nose. In November I am traveling to Kenya to perform surgeries on Kenyan children born with cleft lip and palate deformities. The team I'm working with will be there for two weeks and will perform surgery on 90 to 100 children.
Proudest work accomplishment Seeing the positive changes I can make in others' lives. Whether it is correcting deform-ities from birth, trauma or cancer, or helping those bothered by a facial feature, I love to see the joy they experience when we take off the dressing and they see the results.
Balancing time I have been married since I started medical school and had children during my residency training. I have had to work to strike a balance between the demands of medicine and making it a priority to spend time with my family. I have learned to be efficient with my time.
Downtime Spend time with my family and play with my kids. I play golf, but not often enough.
Professional goal in five years Continue to provide outstanding care for patients in Hampton Roads.
Biggest success factor Support from my wife. She has been with me since I started medical school and has been a huge support. She encourages me to strive to excel and has made personal sacrifices to allow me to do so.
The one thing I'd change about Hampton Roads Tunnel traffic.
What gets under your skin? Not much. I think it is important to serve others and I do not like to see selfish behavior.
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