UVa Physician Invited to White House to Discuss Health Care Reform

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

October 7, 2009

Doctor Pamela Ross spends most of her time at the University of Virginia, but just a few days ago she had what she calls the opportunity of a lifetime.

Dr. Ross, an emergency room physician at UVa., was invited to the White House to hear President Obama address physicians from across the U.S. about health care reform. She and 149 other physicians were asked to help President Obama by submitting their ideas and suggestions to improve health care in the U.S.

"To be seated and to see the podium with the presidential seal made my heart flutter, quite frankly. It was very exciting, and then to have the President actually come out, that just made me feel really special to have that part of American history as a part of my life," said Dr. Ross.

During the 16 years Dr. Ross has practiced medicine, she says she has seen her share of miracles and tragedies. When it comes to treating her patients, Dr. Ross says she has many concerns, but her biggest concern is the lack of preventative care.

"It's this type of tragedy that results in a lot of people coming into the E.R. sicker than they have to be, sometimes meeting an early death that they don't have to meet," she said.

After President Obama addressed preventative care and other important health care issues, Dr. Ross says she felt more confident about the future of health care than ever.

"I was inspired. From what he stated, from what he's trying to do, it seems like it really is an earnest effort to make health care better for Americans, and I really appreciate that," she said.

Dr. Ross is looking forward to taking what she learned at the White House back to her patients and colleagues at UVa.

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