Dr. Pardon Kenney celebrates 25 years as Chief of Surgery at BWFH
Chief of Surgery Dr. Pardon Kenney,
Associate Surgeon Dr. Erika Rangel and
President of the BWFH Medical Staff
Dr. John Lewis
Dr. Kenney came to BWFH in 1989 when he was personally recruited by then CEO Elaine Ullian. "It seemed like a good fit. It did not require the heavy-duty laboratory research that I wasn’t very good at, but I could do what I like to do which is to teach and educate," says Dr. Kenney. Over the years, Dr. Kenney has focused on providing quality care to patients in the community while guiding residents and fellows into successful careers in surgery.
"At the end of the day, it’s important to think about your legacy. What is it that’s going to make you stand out in people’s minds? Well, it’s got to do with the people you have helped to teach," says Dr. Kenney. He also says of teaching, "It’s fun. It keeps you on your toes."
At the event, Dr. Erika Rangel, a former resident of Dr. Kenney’s, spoke highly of her teacher. She said, "The most important story to tell is the story about Pardon’s role as a surgical educator over the past 25 years." She described his dedication as "irrefutable" and his talent for teaching as "completely irreplaceable." But, she said the most important lesson she learned from Dr. Kenney is this: "You can be both a surgeon and a wonderful human being."
Dr. Kenney’s devotion to teaching goes beyond the technical skills. He says, "We can teach them the technical skills. They can see how we do things technically, but learning judgment is as much a part of surgical residency as anything else." So much of his job is helping his students to be confident in their ability and guiding them to be good decision-makers. He says, "A surgeon first and foremost should be a physician, a doctor, who does operate, but who doesn’t always operate if he or she thinks it’s not the right thing to do. Sometimes you have to stand up to your colleagues."
Dr. Pardon Kenney circa 1989
*Source: The Hospital on the Hill: A History of Faulkner Hospital by Cara Marcus, MSLIS, AHIP, Director of Library Services at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital