My name is Jim Hammel, and I’m a pediatric cardiac surgeon at Children’s.
One of the great things about this career is that I treat a complete spectrum of ages, from infants to adults. And I treat a complete spectrum of defects, from the simplest things to the most complicated, unique malformations that I’ll only see once in my career. So that always keeps it interesting. But we at Children’s have a particular expertise in newborn surgery.
I think that parents recognize that they and their baby have my undivided attention — when we’re planning the operation, when we’re doing the operation. We do plenty of surgery, but it’s my goal to make every family feel like they’re the only baby that I’m following right now.
I think that parents sense that I’m very open. I tell them what I’m hoping for on a case, I tell them what I’m afraid of — I make everything very plain. I think that my families know that I’m very committed, and they see me here at all hours of the day and night.
Once I know a family, my relationship with them is part of what I like about my job. Once I know you, once maybe your child has been back a couple of times, we’ll laugh and joke. When it’s time to be serious, we’ll be serious, too.
Thoracic Surgery (Congenital Cardiac Surgery)
Medical School: University of Michigan School of Medicine
Residency: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Residency: University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics
Fellowship: Hospital for Sick Children Toronto