My name is Kim Duncan, and I’m a congenital heart surgeon here at Children’s.
Kids can be very sick with congenital heart disease, but if things go well, they get better awfully quickly.
By being open and honest, we try and engender trust. I tell them frequently that the only bad question you ask is the one you don’t ask.
As a rule, I think the cardiology people here at Children’s are exceptionally good at communicating with the primary care physician and keeping them updated.
I tell people frequently in the hospital that I believe the only time we fail is when a family or patient leaves here and they feel they haven’t been well cared for.
To have a family or patient leave here, and then come back and give me a big hug and say, “Thank you so much, we really appreciate it,” is probably the ultimate compliment. When that happens, it makes you feel good, but it also makes you understand that, hey you did something right.
Thoracic Surgery (Congenital Cardiac Surgery)
Medical School: University Alberta Faculty of Medicine
Residency: University of Alberta Hospital
Fellowship: Hospital for Sick Children Toronto