Dr. Brian Matysiak, anesthesiologist at Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC), found his specialty through an unconventional path. He began his academic career as a chemistry major, switched to engineering, and then decided to become a surgeon. But he discovered his true passion while in his surgical residency. “I was in an anesthesiology rotation, and I knew right away I had found my calling. Anesthesia is such an exciting area of practice. You need to be knowledgeable about anesthesia and overall medicine, and the work entails all the vital organs of the body,” he says.
Now in his fifth year of practice at MDCMC, Dr. Matysiak appreciates working in a community-based hospital. “I’ve practiced at larger hospitals, and I love the community feel and patient-centered focus here. Because there aren’t many intermediaries between patients and doctors, patients at MDCMC have direct, repeated contact with their providers. Those personal relationships are what make great care.”
Anesthesiology has changed in recent years. “It used to be that a doctor would meet with a patient just before surgery, and then provide medication. Now, we have much more involvement – working behind the scenes, getting patients ready for surgery and following up with patients and family members after a procedure.”
A team of three full-time anesthesiologists staff MDCMC: Matysiak is joined by colleagues Dr. Michael Bruno and Dr. Martin Finck. “We have a close professional and personal bond,” he says. “Unlike at larger hospitals, we work directly with our patients – not through intermediaries who administer medication for us.”
Dr. Matysiak is passionate about helping patients, but he’s just as passionate about living in Door County. He enjoys family time with his wife and two young children, taking hikes in the park or building sandcastles on the beach. “I love that I’m able to work, play and raise my family in the community, alongside my patients and colleagues.”