Sunday, September 11, 2011

Patch Retires!

We have had so much going on lately that I neglected to share the big news that Patch retired from his practice over Labor Day! He has had an amazing career. He started in internal medicine in the air force in Texas (where Chris was born), and then moved to San Francisco (where I was born). While there, he switched to the army and we moved to Maryland so he could work at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Sometime in there he switched from internal medicine to Radiology. He spent a year at Duke for a fellowship in MRI's, which were brand new technology at the time, and participated in the research that developed the MRI. That later became his specialty. Eventually, he left the army and we moved to Jacksonville where he joined a private practice, where he worked for almost 25 years. During his time there, he served as President of his group, Chief of Staff of the hospital, and Hospital/Physician liason. He started to get into sports medicine as well and soon became the radiologist for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Jacksonville arena football team. Every year he would fly to Indianapolis for the combine to perform exams on the potential players. He gave lectures to residents and also started a side practice of reading films for insurance companies in their auto claim lawsuits. He was well respected by his peers and always worked with other doctors to ensure the best patient care. He has a long and distinguished career, but to me, he was just my dad who was always there for me and always at all my sporting events to cheer me on. And to my kids, he is just Patch, an amazing grandfather that they will hopefully get to see more often now! Congratulations Daddy/Patch - we love you and are so proud of you!

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Theresa Sheldon said...

Can't wait to hear the stories of all the things they get to do now! And, what a great picture of Patch!


secbeatsbig10 said...

Congratulations Patch, you deserve it!