Meet Our Doc: David Brumbaugh, MD, Digestive Health Institute

Meet Our Doc: David Brumbaugh, MD, Digestive Health Institute

November 17, 2019 0 By Ewald Bahringer


I think that one of the beauties
of what we do as physicians is being able to maintain a
relationship with them. And when I finish a visit with a family,
when I’ve seen them for the first time, I always tell them,
“Hey, listen, I’m in this for the long haul, we’re in this
together, and we’re going to figure out how to take care of
your child.” One of the things that drew me into
gastroenterology is there’s not just a simple test that you can
find to figure it out. You really have to dig a little bit.
You have to work through the history. You have to really get
to know the child and get to know the family to try and
understand what’s going. For me, humility means really partnering
with families to help solve their child’s problems and not
walk into the room simply with the one way communication,
“Here’s what you need to do.” It’s really a partnership with
families. They may know more about their child’s disease
process than I do, just based on their own personal research and
experience and blogging with other parents across the world.
I’m a big believer in utilizing technology to try and manage
relationships with families. And I find that communication to be
really effective. It creates a sense of intimacy in that
relationship with the family, and I think, I hope, it gives
them a certain satisfaction that they’ve got somebody in their
corner who can help them.