Meet Laura Matrka, MD | Laryngologist at OSU Wexner Medical Center
I'm Laura Matrka and I'm an otolaryngologist at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. I specialize in voice and airway disorders. My official title would be laryngologist and we do disorders of the throat, swallowing problems and then voice and airway issues. Initially I I really liked surgery and I was exploring the different surgical fields and that's how I came to otolaryngology. I liked the precision of it and the breadth of it too. There's so many different things you can do.
In terms of laryngology though, I I had a mentor that I really respected who was a laryngologist and and that along with my love of music. I love music. I can't sing but I wish I could, and I really respect singers and I love working with them. So just it made perfect sense to go into to subspecialize in laryngology with that background. So my patient care philosophy centers really around teaching, teaching the patient. The the word doctor I guess I found out years ago, means teacher, and I think that makes so much sense because there are so many things that the patient needs to understand in order to really make good decisions.
And I don't think patients should have to just take their doctor's word for it. I I really I really want them to understand as much as they can when they're making decisions about things especially in voice disorders because so many times these are elective procedures and you don't want your patient to go into surgery not really understanding all the risks, and all the benefits and all the the troubles that you may encounter and all the the good things that can come out of it if if they if they have a choice. So my philosophy is just to teach my patients as much as I possibly can and really anytime I can to leave decision making in their hands with my help, just my guidance. There are so many rewarding parts of my work. While I really I love working with medical students and residents, really the the most rewarding part is patients. Just the little things, the little notes that they'll send or just when they pull you aside before you leave the room and say, seriously you really changed my life, or things like that just that's that's what keeps me going. I absolutely love it.
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