Salt Lake Regional Spotlight

John McCann, MD, PhD

Specialty: Eyelid and Facial Plastic Surgery

Where did you grow up?  Waterloo, Iowa

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?  I liked using knowledge to solve problems and thought mostly of becoming a doctor or a scientist

Where did you go to medical school? University of Iowa

How/why did you choose your specialty?  I did my initial training as an Ophthalmologist because I liked micro surgery and was impressed with the ability of eye surgeons to improve vision.  I sub-specialized in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery because it allowed me to both help people see better and look better, plastic surgery poses a wider variety of problems to solve, and the unique nature of many of these problems requires creativity to address.

Tell us about your family:  I have 4 sisters who are all successful teachers and a younger brother who is a successful businessman.  I did not get married until I was almost 40 years old as I was waiting to meet the perfect woman.  That woman is Rachel and we have been together for about 20 years now.  We do not have children but have a couple of spoiled English bull dogs who believe they are are children

What are you reading right now?  I like to read spy thrillers and am currently reading all of Ben Coes novels.

What do you do in the morning?  I review the charts and photographs of the people who I will either operate on that day or see in clinic.  It forces me to critically reassess each patient’s treatment plan, how the course of treatment is progressing, and this time gives me a chance to consider what is working well and which treatment plans may need to be tweaked.

How do you like to spend your free time?  In the summer I love mountain biking, fly fishing, and white water rafting.  In the winter I snow ski and do computer programming which I find relaxing.

What is your favorite thing about being a physician?  We all like to do what we are good at and my strength has always been problem solving.  Patients always come to a doctor with a problem, so practicing medicine places 40 new problems in from of me each week which I have the privilege to get to solve.  In the process of solving the problems I get to help my patients see and look better, and that is very rewarding.


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