Dr. Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM

Dr. Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM

Dr. Sheila Nazarian takes us on her journey to blending artistry with surgery in the perfectionist world of Beverly Hills.

Dr. Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM

Beverly Hills, California

I remember my first surgery on my own was very lonely moment, because when you’re in the hospital and when you’re in residency, you have a lot of friends around you all the time. You’re all exhausted. It’s kinda like being in the military. You’re all in it together. And, I just remember feeling the weight of it - like, I have this persons life in my hands and there is no safety net. And, wow they trusted me a lot to let me do this.
I remember going through residency, not being able to be there for my kids recitals, not ever dropping them at school, not ever picking them up. Maybe seeing them for half an hour a day max – that could bother a lot of people. But, when I was in residency, I just had to make it through. I just had to survive. Everybody thinks that I made the sacrifice, but it’s really the people around you that are making the sacrifice for you.
My husband was doing a brain endemism clipping, which is a very dangerous surgery at the time. He told me – whether you match, or don’t match – don’t call me, I will call you when I am done with my surgery, so of course I called him. And I told him like, the nurse is holding the phone to his ear, while he is like clipping someone’s brain endemism. And, I was like “I matched, I matched” – and he goes “very well, thank you.”
So, what I did was – afterwards I made him fly out to New York, and he reproposed. Cause that was like a happy proposal, whereas the other one was like what am I doing with my life proposal. So, that’s the story.
Nurse Mo (Monique Doughty), ICU

Nurse Mo (Monique Doughty), ICU

Connor Mita & Alexandra Millsap, RN Students

Connor Mita & Alexandra Millsap, RN Students