Dr. J. Randall Resser is an Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon (commonly known as an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist) at Baptist Health. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati Medical School and completed his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
What inspired you to become a doctor?
I always wanted to be a doctor from an early age. My mom would say it was because I saw “Joe’s Heart Readers Digest Special” on TV in the first grade. I still have a picture I drew as a child based on the theme, “How I Will Look in 50 years.” I drew myself as a doctor with a white coat, and even an ENT head mirror! I became serious about my profession in college, working at a vascular research lab which stemmed my interest in surgery.
What is your favorite part about your job?
My favorite part is being able to use the gifts God has given me on a daily basis, and the ability to combine my profession with a healing ministry. I love being able to see a person in need, diagnose their problem, and be able to treat them to improve their health.
Do you have a favorite story about helping a patient that comes to mind?
I had a memorable experience during the ice storm of 2009. We lost power, so my family went to bed early. About an hour later, the hospital called to tell me they were on auxiliary power, and they were canceling my elective cases. Another hour later, I was called to the emergency room. A trucker got his rig caught in downed power lines and crashed off the road. He was in the emergency room bleeding profusely from his mouth with a large laceration across the neck. I immediately took him to the operating room and established an airway with a tracheostomy (tube into the windpipe through the neck). I explored his neck wound and found he had a laceration from ear to ear that was millimeters away from the carotid artery and jugular vein. Additionally, he had fractured his jaw in several places. We worked all night on him on the auxiliary power to fix his jaw and clean out and close his wound. He was in the hospital for about a week, but recovered successfully.
How do you see the medical community helping Paducah and its residents?
The medical community has an important role in providing health care to our area. Not only do we have the everyday responsibility of treating our patients, but we also need to be leaders in our community and support health policy initiatives, promote healthy lifestyle choices, and improve access to healthcare.