For me, being a surgeon is more than using a scalpel or suturing. It’s more than changing a part of someone’s body, removing excess fat, tissue or creating a different shape to someone’s face or body. For me, being a surgeon is sharing a life changing transformation, improving someone’s quality of life, and taking care of a patient every step of their journey. My medical assistant captured this picture of me holding my patient’s hand as she drifted off to sleep under anesthesia and it reminded me of how much I treasure my relationship with my patients. I never take for granted the trust that my patients place in me and consider it a great privilege to be able to be a part of their transformation. My favorite part of my job is the close relationship that I have with my patients – for any of my patients reading this – please know that I am always holding your hand and that I appreciate you.