Dee-Dee Shiller Director of the Women’s Wellness Center at Northwest Hospital in Baltimore, Md.
Class Of: 2002
Campus: Old Westbury Major: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Why Osteopathic Medicine?
“I wanted to be a doctor ever since I was 10. I always had a good capacity for memorization and understanding how things work, and was really enamored by science and anatomy. When I was 17, I met some physical therapists experimenting with cranial manipulation. Later, I researched the difference between D.O.s and M.D.s., which led to learning about how structure and function are interrelated and the idea that the body has its own healing capacity. That solidified it. I knew I wanted to be a D.O., and NYIT—because of its reputation—was my first choice.”
“In our gross anatomy class, I was part of a group of five women. We all had different religious and ethnic backgrounds. The day we dissected a human heart led to a discussion about God and the philosophy of belief and faith. Our questions surrounded where the soul resides and whether we have one. It was an amazing experience.”
Paging Dr. Robot
“I’m a robotic surgeon, which means I can perform hysterectomies and lathroscopic procedures while sitting at a computer console that lets me use my hands and feet to activate the robot inside a patient. This allows me to perform complicated procedures that would have otherwise been done with a large incision and prolonged recovery. These procedures use small incisions with less blood loss and more precision. Patients can sometimes be back to work in less than two weeks.”
“I have three children—ages 6, 9, and 11—and we love nature and bird watching. I still remember the herons that used to visit the pond near the NYCOM Circle. They were beautiful.”