Obstetrician Gynecologist: Louise L. Highley, MD, MSPH

Obstetrician Gynecologist: Louise L. Highley, MD, MSPH


I’m Louise Highley. I’m an OBGYN at
Duke Women’s Health Associates. I really like the aspect of OBGYN
where you meet patients when they’re first coming in for their first
visit to maybe start contraception. And then we’re they’re thinking about
starting a family, when they started that family and hopefully seeing them through
their pregnancy, and if I’m lucky, delivering their baby,
and then afterwards. So really getting to know them in a way
that I don’t think you really get to know people in other specialties necessarily,
where you might just see them once. I think with any patient coming in for
their GYN or OB visit, it’s obviously kind of intimidating to
be having that exam the very first time. And my real goal, especially for people
who are meeting me for the first time, is for
them to be as comfortable as possible. And feel comfortable asking any questions
even if they think it’s a dumb question. The dumb question is the one that you
don’t ask so that’s really the main thing. And if I don’t know the answer then I
will do my best to find it out for them. One of the great things is that we
all communicate with each other about being consistent in
the way that we provide care. And we also have experts at our hands if we’re not sure what exactly
we need to do for our patient. But we can still continue to provide care
with just the expertise of the maternal fetal medicine doctors or the reproductive endocrinology doctors,
right a phone call away. So that’s really nice. And I think we’re all pretty
much are on the same page with our goal of just doing the right thing for
patients. I know all of the providers and
it’s who I would send my sister, my friend, myself to. Just because I know that our ultimate
goal is to do the right thing and the best thing for the patients. The fact that I grew up in Eastern North
Carolina and up north is I can sorta related to people who are from out of town
and people who have been here forever. And I think that’s kind of nice,
we’ll have people from all over. And just from having lived in lots of
places, I know a lot of places that they might be from or
have been to places they might be from. And so that’s a nice way to
kind of relate to people. We have two dogs so we spend a lot of
time [LAUGH] maintaining them [LAUGH] and keeping them happy. And my husband and I like to travel. And we have an old house that he’s
fixing up and I’m supervising. [LAUGH] So
that’s what keeps us busy outside of work. [LAUGH]

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