Susan Richman, MD, MPH, is an obstetrician-gynecologist who was drawn to her field after delivering a baby for the first time as a medical student.
“It was so amazing and exciting, I couldn’t sleep afterwards,” Dr. Richman recalls.
But truly, Dr. Richman was interested in medicine much earlier. “I used to operate on my dolls as a child. I would take the stuffing out, sew up the skin, and tell my parents it was an appendectomy like in the ‘Madeline’ book series,” she says.
Dr. Richman no longer delivers babies, but instead focuses on gynecologic issues including family planning, menopause, sexuality, and pain syndromes that affect women. “I love listening to women’s life stories, and helping them with any issues they have,” Dr. Richman says. “I find that women are open about their pains, fears, and worries, and I just love talking to them.”
She is an associate clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine.