fellow focus: Dr. Paul Dotherow

A native of Mississippi, Dr. Paul Dotherow is a PGY-4 Gastroenterology and Hepatology fellow in the Division of Digestive Diseases. Here, Dr. Dotherow shares about his hero, love of UMMC, and life with two cats.

First, tell us about you.

I am currently finishing up my first year of GI fellowship. I have done all of my training at UMMC, starting with medical school in 2013 and residency in 2017. I was born and raised in Flowood, MS. I am married to the most fun and beautiful woman in the world, Holly. We have two cats, Bogey and Fink.

When did you know you wanted to pursue gastroenterology?

First and foremost, my father is my hero. Always has been, always will be. I remember being a kid dreaming of being able to follow in his footsteps and have intellectual conversations about what he clearly was so passionate about. I don’t know if I remember specifically when it clicked, but it’s just something I’ve always had my sights set on and once I started my training, I continued to feel drawn to GI.  I’ve always been fascinated with the GI tract and it’s never grossed me out like it does most people, so I figured that had to be a sign too. 

What do you like most about UMMC?

I love the culture of UMMC. Being here for almost 8 years of school/training, I’ve gotten to make some great friends across every possible venue of the hospital. But most of all I love the endoscopy staff, they keep me sane. 

What advice would you give to the interns?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. We have all been there before, and if you haven’t you’re lying. Also, take time for yourself.

What could you give a 40 minute presentation on without preparation?

“Why the Rocky Mountain Elk is the most majestic creature in the world and must be protected” Or “Why Mississippi State Baseball is, and will always be, far superior to Ole Miss.”

What is something you wish you knew more about?

How to acquire bitcoin. 

What are some small things that make your day better?

A good workout to start the day. A smile from a passing stranger. And coffee.

Oh and to reverberate Brandon Brousse from a prior newsletter, getting to the cecum.

Tell us something about you that most people don’t know.

I’m never good at this one, I live a pretty boring life but I guess I will say doing 10,000 burpees in a year as a challenge with a friend.

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