Meet the Doctor: Chase White, MD
Chase White, MD, is an obstetrician-gynecologist (OBGYN) at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia. He sees patients at the Einstein Ob/Gyn Associates offices on Rising Sun Avenue and at Front Street and Olney Avenue in Philadelphia.
Dr. White is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Q: When did you first think about becoming a doctor?
A: I probably decided at some point in college. I always knew I wanted to go into a healing profession, though I didn’t know what that would mean for me.
Q: What sparked your interest in medicine?
A: I had some illnesses when I was younger and I saw how important the people are who help you get better. I wanted to do that for somebody else, but I wasn’t sure what that might look like until college. That’s when I started sorting it all out. As I thought about the healing options – surgery, medicine, talking – I realized that rather than deny myself some of those tools, I wanted to be in a profession where I could access all of them – and that meant becoming a doctor.
Q: Are you comfortable sharing anything about your childhood illness?
A: When I was a kid, I had Crohn’s disease. I had to have a lot of surgeries and I was in the hospital a lot. Being a patient for a long time – I was once in the hospital for six weeks straight – can be a trying experience. You can feel that everything is out of your control and you don’t know what’s going on, and it leaves you feeling powerless.
But seeing the different styles the doctors and nurses had when they interacted with me was interesting. As I went through various treatments – some medical, some surgical – I also saw the human part of care and how that helped change the experience. I saw how non-medical interactions, too, could be healing. So that whole mix of treatment approaches became appealing to me. I wanted to be in that same position of helping others.
Q: Where did you receive your medical education?
A: I graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. I started my residency training at the University of California, Irvine, Medical Center, and then came to Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia in my second year. I completed my obstetrics and gynecology residency here and was chief resident my final year.
Q: Why did you choose your specialty?
A: Going into OBGYN was kind of a surprise for me. I had been thinking I’d be a surgeon or an internal medicine doctor. But then I did my OBGYN rotation, and I fell in love with the specialty, from surgery to office-based gynecology. If I had to pick the part that I love the most, it would be obstetrics. I have a special place in my heart for mothers and babies. I love being able to help people during pregnancy and birth.
Caring for the mother and baby during labor is challenging and rewarding. Sometimes, it’s a perfect process. Other times, there are emergencies, and that’s when I’m grateful for my training and our amazing team. There is nothing more rewarding than being there to save a child’s life before it is even born.
I’ve also grown to appreciate the power for healing people have in times of tragedy. When something tragic happens, and nothing can be done, there is still the opportunity to help heal by being there with the family through the sadness.
Q: What drew you to Einstein?
A: I initially moved to this area because my family lives here, but I stayed after my residency because I love our patients. We have a special community. I have patients that I’ve known for years, through births, illnesses, and other life events. They have amazing, inspiring stories. Patients bring their sisters and mothers to see me. And that’s wonderful.
Q: What do you find special about the people and community?
A: Doctors can do a lot to help during pregnancy, but honestly, what patients do the other 99% of the time that they are out of our offices matters so much more. I’ve seen people juggle jobs and their other children, and face all sorts of family difficulties. They may have physical and emotional challenges to deal with, but they continue to make sacrifices for their unborn child. People say, “I’m going to stop smoking for my child” or “I’m going to take these supplements and eat healthier for my baby even though I don’t like this stuff.”
Q: Who were your early role models?
A: Both of my parents certainly, and my grandfather. My mother’s father joined the Salvation Army at 17 and until his 30s spent his life on street corners playing musical instruments, feeding people and trying to help them get back on their feet. My father was a very hard-working man who was always there for his family, no matter what. And my mother has always inspired me by how she cared for her children and for other people, sacrificing and giving of herself in so many areas of her life.
Q: Who is the person you would most like to meet?
A: I would like to meet Paul the Apostle and the linguist, philosopher and social critic Noam Chomsky.
Q: Do you have a favorite sports team?
A: My favorite team is my son’s flag football team, which is currently 4 and 0. I have two children (6 and 9) and a wife, who are more dear to me than anything in the world.
Q: What is your favorite vacation spot?
A: We like Antigua, Guatemala. My wife and I got engaged there one year, and married there the next. It’s so beautiful, with lots of history; really a jewel in Central America. We’ve also been to Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Papagayo is beautiful. These days, we go to South Carolina every summer with the kids.
Q: What is something people might not know about you?
A: I am bilingual – English and Spanish. I have been very fortunate. We didn’t speak Spanish at home, but I grew up around the large and vibrant Spanish-speaking community in Southern California, and so I have had friends with whom I could speak Spanish since an early age.
I am grateful now every day that I can listen to my patients and speak with them in their native language.
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