After a bike accident left Dr. Daniel Grossman paralyzed, he returned to work six months later with a renewed perspective on how he interacts with his patients at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Watch the coverage from NBC Nightly News here.
“When I say, ‘I know your life is about to change or is changing today,’ they look at me and they know that I know what I’m talking about, and it’s pretty emotional.”
Another article offers more detail about his journey, including photos and a video demonstration of Grossman’s transferring technique.
The Mayo Clinic has also published his story from their viewpoint…
He was returning to Mayo Clinic not as a physician, but as a patient. He recognized that accepting this new role would be essential to his recovery — both for himself and those caring for him. So he insisted that his care team call him Daniel, not Dr. Grossman, to emphasize that when it came to his recovery, they were the experts
How interesting. He seems like one determined guy… and we were pleased to see him using the Java Cushion and Back.
“There’s no question that this accident will have a long-term impact on my ability to be a better physician,” he says. “It’s made me more empathetic and compassionate and made me much more aware of my patients’ needs.”