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Faces of BID Plymouth: Scott Fairfield, MD, Chief of Emergency Medicine

Scott FairfieldOn July 1, 2020, Dr. Scott Fairfield was appointed Chief of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth (BID Plymouth). The appointment caps a long career for Dr. Fairfield at BID Plymouth who first started in the Emergency Department in 1999 when the hospital was known as Jordan Hospital. He replaced outgoing Chief Dr. Kim Scheub.

We spent a few minutes with Dr. Fairfield to get to know him and his thoughts on emergency medicine.

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A DOCTOR?
While attending Bowdoin College with my identical twin brother, he was diagnosed with leukemia during our sophomore year. We went through a bone marrow transplant from me to him. That experience was life-changing for me and was one of the driving factors to push me toward the medical field.

WHY EMERGENCY MEDICINE?
Through my medical school training, what I liked about emergency medicine was the variety of patients one sees and the challenges. Also, the idea of being prepared for anything and everything is what made me choose emergency medicine. Lastly, it’s a rewarding impact knowing that you can make a difference in caring for an individual when they most need care.

WHAT CAN A PATIENT EXPECT FROM OUR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT?
They can expect to receive excellent, high-quality care in a team approach to help improve their condition no matter what problem brings them to the hospital.

WHAT SHOULD PATIENTS KNOW ABOUT THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT?
We strive to improve everyday and we’re part of the Beth Israel Lahey Health system that provides us with resources we haven’t had in the past. We continue to expand what we offer patients and that we provide excellent care, locally.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO IF YOU WEREN’T A PHYSICIAN?
If I didn’t go into medicine, I would have gone into environmental consulting or something that deals with climate change. Thankfully, I didn’t have to make that second decision as I enjoy making a difference in the lives of others as a physician.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Dr. Fairfield’s medical background.