Dr. Demarcus Smith, D.D.S Essay

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“As a surgeon you have to have a controlled arrogance. If it's uncontrolled, you kill people, but you have to be pretty arrogant to saw through a person's chest, take out their heart and believe you can fix it. Then, when you succeed and the patient survives, you pray, because it's only by the grace of God that you get there.”-Mehmet Oz. One never considers themselves able to accomplish something great until they meet someone great who has already acquired insight of the world from the other side, the side where all of the talented men dwell. A young girl does not grow up dreaming of becoming an oral surgeon; she dreams of traveling and seeing the world outside of the walls of her small ...view middle of the document...

Over the next few months after surgery, I had to frequently visit Dr. Smith’s office and each time I was more and more impressed. He did not act as though I was just another patient. He gave me more confidence than I had ever had before. He would not stop until I was perfect, or so he said. This extreme care for the satisfaction of his patients is more than one could hope to find when searching for someone to execute the complicated task of a jaw surgery as well as some nasal complications. From the times I was crying in his office because he had told me again that I could not eat for another month, to the times when we laughed about the modern “art” in his lobby, Dr. Smith and the nurses at both his Metairie and Gretna locations have been great influences on my career choices.
Besides my personal experiences with Dr. Smith, he is also very involved in the practice of oral maxillofacial surgery in his community. As stated, he is a key member in the New Orleans Children’s Hospital Cleft and Craniofacial Team. He is also a member of the Delta Dental Study Club where he helps underprivileged children who may not be able to receive the care they need without the help of the affiliates of the club. He works at his own private practice, Oral Surgery Service, LLC., as well as in both Children’s Hospital and Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Louisiana Dental Association, New Orleans Dental Association, and Louisiana Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery. He is so highly regarded that he frequently gives lectures at the meetings of these...

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