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Healers

Doctors Making a Difference

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DANIEL BOHI MD OB GYN


 

In 2001, Bohi retired from active practice after forty years as an OB-GYN at Methodist Hospital. But not for long. He returned to practice part-time to help establish a urogynecology center at Methodist Physician’s Clinic because he felt the community needed this. Bladder control issues, though not limited to, are most common in postmenopausal women. The triple indemnity of gravity, childbearing, and decreased hormone levels often result in troubling bladder symptoms and/or loss of support to structures within the pelvis.
 

He also suggested the creation of a center to treat sexual dysfunction in women. Many illnesses precipitate sexual problems for couples and threaten the stability of their relationship. Rarely, until very recent years, has medicine addressed these important quality-of-life issues. There has been major support for a comprehensive approach to treatment from Physician’s Clinic physician, staff, and administrators, says Bohi.
 

There is frequent overlap in symptoms between patients with sexual difficulties and chronic pelvic pain. The latter is a disabling, poorly understood, multifaceted health problem that leaves patients with many questions, but oftentimes few answers. Causes for the pain are frequently elusive and require a very special type of medical expertise to help people find relief. Knowing that their explanation of symptoms is considered credible and worthy of thoughtful evaluation can be a life-changing moment. The combined sexual medicine and chronic pelvic pain clinic, now in its third year, is very much a group effort, Bohi asserts. “We created a team that made it a reality.”
 

The combination of psychotherapists, physical therapists, gyn nurse practitioners, and a gynecologist working in the same quarters maximizes effective, collaborative treatment. The clinic has over 300 patient visits per month, and its website tallies in excess of 3000 hits per month, which reflects the need.
 

PRESENT PASSION

His current project is an adolescent gynecology clinic scheduled to open in mid- December. Area pediatricians requested this service for their young patients who are experiencing very “grown up” gynecologic problems. Says Bohi: “The incidence of sexually transmitted infections and teenagers who are pregnant and in need of extra support and education is no secret. Being part of the community effort to help change these self-destructive behaviors is one of the goals that we are pursuing.”
 

Having the necessary knowledge to solve a patient’s medical problems is of course a pre-requisite to being a fine doctor, owns Bohi. “But communicating care and concern for the person who has entrusted herself to us is a critical part of the healing equation. That close bond is why being a doctor is such a rare privilege.” Bohi is just about ready to hang up his white coat again after the opening of the Adolescent Gynecology Clinic. While he has had an active pivotal role in the creation of Methodist Women’s Hospital and its various specialty clinics, he is very quick to remind that he is just one cog in a well-oiled, medical machine. “A lot of people pulling together have made the Women’s Hospital a center of excellence and a place that is focused on meeting unmet needs in the community.”

 

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