Dr. Brandi Musselman rose to the top of her field because she does more than just treat her patients — she really listens to them
“When I was a teenager, I needed surgery, and I quickly found out how difficult being a patient is,” said Dr. Brandi Musselman, who was raised in Western Pennsylvania, where she wound up marrying the boy she’d fallen in love with in the fourth grade (waiting 16 more years, so as “not to rush things,” she quipped with a laugh). “My surgeon, Dr. Donaldson — who later became my inspiration — not only improved the quality of my life, but during every encounter with him treated my family and me like we were the only patients he saw that day. Since then, I wanted to do the same: I wanted to improve the lives of people while making sure they knew that they matter to me.”
She was trained by gynecologist Dr. Della Badia, who is a pioneer of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. She says he not only taught her most of what she knows about gynecology and surgery but also schooled her in the art of medicine. Today, she is fellowship-trained to provide women with minimally invasive surgical options, allowing them to have procedures with fewer incisions or smaller incisions, which can thereby decrease procedural risk. It also allows patients to recover faster and with less pain.
As rewarding as her training can be to her, Dr. Musselman is quick to point out that her greatest professional satisfaction comes not from the skill she can wield with her hands but rather what she can do with her ears and heart.
“When I know that my patient feels heard, validated and understood, that’s when I know I’ve honored the men who inspired me to practice medicine,” said Dr. Musselman, who used to spend summers on the Eastern Shore with her grandparents and now has two beautiful daughters who look just like their dad. “Women deal with some problems for so long. They often put themselves and their health last. I want every single woman who comes to my office to leave feeling important and valued. I want them to understand more about their bodies, their health and their treatment options. They should feel empowered, comfortable and well cared for, and I feel it’s my responsibility to give them that, which is a sacred privilege to me.”
Along with colleagues Drs. Christine Neto and Leizl Irisari and Nurse Practitioner Lisa Bayles and Nicki Akstinas, Atlantic General Women’s Health offers quality, compassionate and thoughtful gynecologic care to women on the Eastern Shore. They provide both traditional and minimally invasive surgical treatment options when appropriate to improve the health and the lives of their patients.
ATLANTIC GENERAL’S WOMEN’S HEALTH
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