Welcome. Thanks for being here.
It is me, John. John Mandrola.
I am a cardiac electrophysiologist. That’s a long name for a cardiologist who specializes in heart rhythm disorders.
In recent years, I have become a student of writing. If you read much farther, you will realize I am on the steep part of the learning curve.
I grew up in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, but went to look at residency programs in the Midwest after watching the movie Hoosiers. Of course, I settled on Indiana. I trained in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Electrophysiology at Indiana University. IU was good to me.
We now live in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s a nice place. My home is 5k from the hospital. I rarely drive on an interstate. I don’t like cars, or guns–but that’s another matter.
I am a husband of 24 years. My wife, Staci, is a doctor too. We met in residency at a veteran’s hospital in Indiana. She is a hospice and palliative care specialist. We talk a lot. That helps me.
I am a father of two children: one is in a master’s program and the other is in high school. Recently, I became a grandfather. We all like each other–which is nice. The grandfather thing is especially terrific.
I have been a lifelong exerciser. The last decade I have been a bike racer. I am pretty fast, but not that fast. I am getting slower. That’s been tough.
I am a vigorous advocate for making smart lifestyle choices as the primary means for achieving health. The notion that preventing disease is better than treating it is too often forgotten. If I had a second blog it would be called: Health cometh not from healthcare.
I believe that success–in most anything–comes from mastering the obvious. This is especially true in practicing medicine.
I also believe there is a connection between the physical heart and the spiritual heart. In other words, being good-hearted is heart-healthy.
A guidance counselor in high school said that I wasn’t smart enough to be a doctor. This motivated me. I can’t say why it happened, it was probably a lot of things, but when I got to Hobart College, I decided that I would succeed in learning science. Then I learned that if you work like heck, you don’t have to be that smart to be a doctor.
If given a time machine, I would still choose medicine as a career. The patient-care victories in the EP lab, in the clinic and even via social media, are winning out over the spread of nonsense.
My favorite part about medicine is learning new stuff nearly every day. And that learning helps me help others.
I love doctoring. Every day is an adventure.