About FIGS V.I.P.s (Very Important Professionals)
From launching international non-profit organizations to bringing new life into the world, medical professionals are making a difference in the lives of their patients across the globe. Every month, FIGS celebrates the people behind these feats and shares their stories with our community.
Name: Dr. Douglas (Doogie) Howser
Profession: Trauma Surgeon/Writer
Affiliation: Eastman Medical Center
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Why did you decide to get in the medical profession? I first got interested in becoming a doctor when I was six after recovering from childhood leukemia. I realized the importance of health and wanted to be a part of the medical community.
Can you describe your accelerated education path to becoming a doctor? I immediately decided to start on my path. I completed high school in 9 weeks and scored a 1600 on the SATs. I then went to Princeton and finished when I was 10. I then proceeded to med school and graduated at 14. I became a medical resident at Eastman Medical Center in the ER.
What were some of your main challenges as a doctor? I faced a lot of skepticism from patients at first, but I quickly gained their confidence just by doing my job and doing it well. I also had the unique situation of balancing my career with the challenges that come during teenage years, from dealing with my parents to figuring out girls. For example, when I was 16, I got my first kiss and lost my first patient on the same day. During the kiss, I got paged and had to run to the hospital only to find that one of my younger patients that had been awaiting a heart transplant had started to fibrillate and didn’t make it.
What made you decide to stop being a doctor? When I was 19, I realized I had been pushing myself for the past 13 years and missed out a lot on my childhood. I took a leave of absence from Eastman Medical Center and went to Rome for a year with a friend. I decided that I wanted to take a step back and explore other paths outside of medicine
What career path did you pursue after being a doctor? I have always loved writing. Since I was young, I had a computer in my room and I got in the habit of keeping a daily journal. This led me to publish a book about my journey as a young doctor. In the late 90s, I started blogging regularly and got a strong following. I’ve since then published several novels and am currently working on a book about a gentlemen’s guide to suits.
Want to be featured as a V.I.P. or know of anyone who should be? First off, they need to be a real person as Dr. Howser existed only from 1989-1993 on the television show Doogie Howser, M.D. If you haven’t figure it out already, APRIL FOOLS! Enjoy!