Family Physician, Concord Hospital Medical Group, Epsom Family Medicine; Leadership Preventive Medicine Resident, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pa.
Family: Mother, Sandra; father, William; brother, William; sister-in-law, Megan; nephew, Benjamin
High school: La Salle College High School (Wyndmoor, Pa.)
College/post grad degrees: La Salle University (BA), Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (MPH)
What is the best career advice you ever received?
I’m a very musical person, and despite always working toward medicine and loving it, I did briefly wonder in college whether I should set that aside for music and music education. My band director of eight years told me what I needed to hear: “Doug, don’t be stupid. Music can be a hobby, medicine can’t.” Ten years later, I could not have hoped for a better career, or a better hobby!
Why did you choose your profession?
Medicine combined service, personal relationships, and a love of science. Family medicine was the natural extension of that motivation in that I get to be a person or a family’s “doctor,” the person who gets the call to help promote health before illness, and to catch and treat it wherever possible. I’ll never be done learning, I’ll never be bored, and I’ll always get to know patients and families over a lifetime – for me, it’s the best.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
As “Sesame Street” so lovingly put it, it’s “the people in my neighborhood.” I arrived in Concord in 2014, barely knowing a soul. When I reached out to build a community beyond the hospital and medical training that brought me here, Concord embraced me and said, “Come on in.” When you’re fortunate enough for something like that to happen, giving back is natural – you want it to happen for others, too.
What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?
Listen to your mom. “You’ve got to be able to look yourself in the mirror at the end of the day and say you know you did your best.” If you can do that, chances are that whatever it is works out, some way or another.
What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?
We should not be marketing ourselves as “the place that’s close to everything” – New Hampshire is a destination! New Hampshire is a place where professionals can come and flourish instead of getting lost in the crowd, the community is great, and the cost of living is generally low. If I were pressed for some tangible new things, we need big improvements in the housing rental market and should make accommodations for commuter rail.
Volunteer activities: Concord Young Professionals Network (Steering Committee), Concord Chorale (Board Member, Chair of Marketing and Communications, Tenor), Saint Joseph Cathedral (Cantor and Choir Member), TEDx Concord Planning Committee (Chair), The Friendly Kitchen (Volunteer Cook)
Last major achievement: Finishing my Master of Public Health course work.