Twelve baby deliveries in one 12-hour shift? Dr. Martin Hechanova remembers his record-setting night fondly. He was the “Board Doctor” while interning at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. “I enjoyed the rush of hopping from one delivery to another,” Dr. Hechanova said.
There is never a dull moment in Ob/Gyn practice. Dr. Hechanova’s appreciation for the variety of the specialty, the quality of care he provides to his patients – and the energy he puts forth traveling from the clinic, to Labor & Delivery, to the gynecology operating room – makes him our choice for Doc of the Month.
“As a medical student, I realized Ob/Gyn was a perfect combination of surgery and medicine, and I was very interested in both. I am very much a ‘people person’ and a career in Ob/Gyn allows me to learn patient’s stories and share in some of the happiest moments of their lives – giving birth!” he said.
Dr. Hechanova points out that one of the biggest issues for women in Texas is providing well-woman and preventive care before and after pregnancy, especially for our indigent population. “We can ‘capture’ these patients when they are pregnant, but unfortunately many do not return to annual care after they give birth. We then lose opportunities for routine health maintenance, preventive care and health education.”
This year Dr. Hechanova is serving as the ACOG Junior Fellow Chair for District XI (the entire state of Texas) and is looking forward to working with residents across the state on a Mentorship Program which will pair up our 4th year residents with a practicing Ob/Gyn in Texas with similar career interests. He hopes this will increase residents’ involvement in ACOG, help with networking and keeping our residents in Texas, and developing more young leaders in the field.
Martin Hechanova practices at UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas) and Parkland Memorial Hospital. He is a 4th year resident and one of the three administrative Chief Residents. He attended UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, UT School of Public Health in Houston, and Baylor University in Waco (he is a huge Baylor football fan!).