About Honolulu Plastic Surgery Center and Dr. Randy Wong MD
The origins of my desire to become a doctor are quite comical when you stop to think about. When I was a child I had to get a shot and due to the amount of squirming and shaking I did to avoid the needle, it broke off in my skin. This led to the doctor having to give me another injection and then and there I decided that I wanted to be a doctor. In my naive mind, I believed that I could become a doctor and treat myself, which as I grew older I realized was a bit of a far-fetched idea. As I began to get older I realized that there was much more to being a doctor, yet I still knew it was what I wanted to do.
When I was around 9 years old, I experienced the tragic loss of my grandmother, who died from complications of a surgery to remove her lung cancer. I struggled with the fact that my grandmother had died from what was supposed to be a “routine” procedure. I could not make any sense out of this loss and the pain that it caused my family. The best thing to come out of this loss was that it made me more determined than ever to become a doctor and remove as much pain and suffering in the world as I could.
It seems almost like destiny when I look back at how this tragedy affected my path to my profession. In school, I always excelled in subjects like anatomy and art, which gave me an advantage when I entered college and then eventually medical school. I grew up in Hawaii, which was a cultural melting pot and the exposure to the many different cultures helped to shape my practice.
One of my hobbies is hiking, which helps me to connect with the nature and beauty that is all around the great state of Hawaii. I am also an avid practitioner of meditation, which helps me to stay grounded and focused while doing my job. I have also taught Tai Chi Chuan for many years and I feel the slow and deliberate movements associated with this form of martial arts has served me well in my profession. I use these energy concepts in every procedure I perform, which allows me to stay focused and aware of all that is going on around me.
The medical and surgical field has changed a lot in my time as a doctor and I feel like I have adapted well to these changes. Although there are some frustrating moments when practicing medicine in this day and time, I still have a deep love for what I do. Being a physician has been and will always be the most rewarding and challenging experience I have had in my life. If I had the choice to do it all over again, I would not change a single thing because it has led me to a great place in my life.