Scott C. Dulebohn, MD
Ballad Health Medical Associates – Neurology
Johnson City, Tenn.
I grew up with a mother who had polio and that made a difference in how life was for my brothers and me. It was a big factor in my decision to go into medicine. So, being able to make a positive impact on the lives of patients and their families is personal to me.
My philosophy is to treat patients as if they are part of my family or the way I would want to be treated. As a neurosurgeon, much of what I do is to help patients understand where their pain is coming from, how it affects their lives and their options. I feel very lucky to have patients who trust me to help them.
In fact, the most rewarding part of my job is running into patients at Ace Hardware or Sam’s who stop me and say, “Hey, Dr. Dulebohn! You helped take care of my mom!” It helps me know I’ve made a difference in someone’s life.
By being one of a few in my specialty in the area, it’s easier to see the impact you make. It’s one of the reasons we came to Johnson City. My wife and I moved here when a good friend of mine asked me to come join his practice. I was first impressed with the quality of physicians and the medical school in the area. I also have found this community to be one that works together to solve problems; there’s a lot of philanthropy going on here.
It’s also a beautiful part of the world to live. It’s safe. And, there’s great hiking, which is really one of my favorite things to do. I can’t imagine a better place than East Tennessee to live and work.