[KHTS] – This summer, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital will welcome three new doctors to their Emergency Department family.
Drs. Maya Kido, Adam Leicher and Elaine Lee, who have recently finished or are finishing their residencies in the Los Angeles area, will join the ER staff between June and July.
Henry Mayo ER is increasing it’s staff in order to have eight doctor shifts instead of seven, said Dr. David Henry, physician director of Emergency Services.
The hospital is fortunate to have two respected emergency medicine training programs close by, he said, at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California.
All three doctors said that they are excited to add their energy to the Henry Mayo team.
Dr. Maya Kido – Henry Mayo ER
Dr. Maya Kido was born and raised Southern California and after attending school out of state, she is back home and looking forward to working in Valencia, which she said reminds her of her hometown in Orange County.
Kido completed her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and went on to Case Western Reserve University in Ohio for medical school, graduating in 2009.
She completed her residency at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in June 2013.
The first doctor in her family, Kido gained an interest in medicine during high school, when she started volunteering at a local hospital.
Initially, she wanted to go into pediatrics, she said, but switched to emergency medicine after doing an emergency room rotation while in medical school.
She enjoys taking care of a variety of patients, all with different needs, calling emergency medicine both intellectually and emotionally challenging.
Community advocacy and prevention is also very important to her, Kido said.
And of all the preventable injuries and emergencies that come to the ER, drug abuse stands out to her.
“I think all emergency physicians deal with that pretty regularly,” she said.
Part of emergency medicine, she said, is recognizing which patients need social support services in addition to their medical care.
“We always love to prevent an injury before it arrives at the emergency department,” she said.
Kido joins the Henry Mayo ER team in June.
Dr. Adam Leicher – Henry Mayo ER
Dr. Adam Leicher, a Stanford University graduate, hopes to bring his youthful energy to the Henry Mayo ER in July.
“I think that every department of every hospital always needs a shot of youthful exuberance and new blood,” he said.
He received his medical degree and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University in New York City in 2010, and just completed a four-year residency at the USC Medical Center.
Leicher doesn’t have any other doctors in his family, but in school he always gravitated towards math and life sciences, he said
He sees emergency medicine as the ultimate challenge and the front line of defense in the medical profession, while doing something that is meaningful and gives back to the community, he said.
Henry Mayo reached out to Leicher’s residency director; a number of USC residency alumni are already working at the hospital.
Henry Mayo seemed like an ideal workplace, Leicher said, because of it’s accreditation to treat critical trauma, stroke and heart attack patients, while being located in a family-friendly community.
“(I’m) ready to embrace the challenge,” he said, “and meet whatever the community can bring through our front door.”
Dr. Elaine Lee – Henry Mayo ER
Dr. Elaine Lee was inspired to pursue emergency medicine after watching a family member go through a prolonged sickness.
The Orange County native hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the Emergency Room, that of a patient and a family member, as well as a physician
“It’s a whole different world on the other side,” she said, “when you come in as a patient or when you come in as a family member.”
Lee did her undergraduate work at UCLA and graduated with a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 2010.
She will be finishing her residency at Olive View UCLA in June and then transition to Henry Mayo.
She considered going into family medicine or another general discipline, because she knew she didn’t want to specialize in a specific age group or demographic.
In the ER, doctors treat people from all walks of life, Lee said. She sees it as an equalizer.
“I feel like the ER is the great neutralizer ground,” she said.
To Lee, emergency medicine is also one of the most critical specialities, because ER doctors are responsible for stabilizing patients and determining whether to admit them to the hospital.
“If I was a patient, that’s a lot of trust that I’m putting into you (the doctor), whether I’m able to go home…” she said. “I think it’s a very unique relationship and a very unique job.”
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