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I’ve Been There

For Burn Center physician Jon Gayken, "Being present for patients means putting myself in their situation" – literally. When Jon was 17 years old, he developed a life-threatening blood infection and spent three months in HCMC’s Burn Center undergoing multiple skin grafts. "I know what it is like to ask for pain meds and to be in their situation," he said. "Some of those feelings and emotions will never go away." Jon believes that this special connection to patients helps him provide better treatment. His story of leaving the Burn Center and coming back as a doctor is not only a powerful inspiration to his patients, but a daily reminder for himself of how far he’s come and why he’s here today.

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