Rajesh R. Gandhi, MD, PhD, FACS, FCCM

Rajesh R. Gandhi, MD, PhD, FACS, FCCM

John Peter Smith Hospital 

2017 EAST Mentoring Program Mentor

What is your institutional affiliation?

Texas Christian University and UNT

Why do you find being an EAST mentor satisfying?

At this phase of my career, I am looking to leave legacies. Whether that is a program, residents or now mentees, I feel I can give back to others just as someone before gave of their time to me.

What advice would you give to potential Mentors regarding the optimal way(s) to advise a Mentee?

Each Mentee has a different set of challenges. We must work within the framework of the Mentee and not have a one method fits all. Also, we need to get to know the Mentee and see if they are an "entity" individual or an "increm ental" person. We can coach the entity person to be better.

Why would you recommend that young EAST members seek out a Mentor through this program?

Absolutely! It helps those who do not have someone get in the know faster.

What experiences/skills have helped you become a good Mentor?

Being a Mentor/Coach for the medical school has helped to prepare me for this role.

Tell us about a Mentor that had an impact on your career?

Dr. Bill Schwab and Don Kauder have had a lot of impact on my career. They have been the academic and family mentors for me.

What one piece of advice do you have for young physicians who have chosen a career in trauma?

Keep your priorities straight and then live by them.

Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma

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