#204 How a Brain Surgeon Develops Purpose and Discipline with Dr Sheri Dewan

12 Jul 2023

Dr Sheri Dewan is on the show today, a full-time, board-certified neurosurgeon practicing in Chicago, who is one of roughly 200 board-certified women neurosurgeons in the United States. And today we’re talking about her journey into neurosurgery, that’s she’s penned in a fantastic book “Cutting a Path”.

And despite the very specific experience of her journey to becoming a specialist surgeon in a male dominated field, battling gender and ethnic barriers, her story is one that I think many people can connect with. 

Being a medic, a mother, a mentor and a human. Sheri shares the highs and tragedies of her work whilst juggling her role outside the hospital. She gives us an insight into her coping strategies that she’s developed throughout her career, including that of mindful moments, yoga and even manifesting. (something that I thought to be quite unusual and that challenges the preconception of the stoic neurosurgeon who has hardened themselves to the reality of the job and removes the emotion from their day to day)

I hope you leave today’s conversation feeling inspired to do your own work on continually questioning purpose and practicing reflection as a blueprint for both working and living more fully.

You can find Dr Sheri Dewans book in all good bookstores, it’s a wonderfully honest and refreshing read that I thoroughly enjoyed!

(Trigger Warning : We mention child bereavement on the show today)

https://www.childbereavementuk.org/ (08000288840)

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Dr. Sheri Dewan is a full-time, board-certified neurosurgeon practicing in the metro Chicago area, affiliated with Northwestern Medicine. She is one of roughly two hundred board-certified women neurosurgeons in the United States. She completed her neurosurgery residency at Brown University and graduate degree at Northwestern University. She is a proud board member of Women in Neurosurgery (WINS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Dewan donates her time performing charity surgery in Southern India and sits on multiple charity foundation boards. She is also currently studying business and finance at the University of Oxford Executive Education program in London, England.

Dr. Dewan is trilingual and has lived in five countries. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, yoga, and spending time with her husband and three children.

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