Dr. Barry Rosen, a surgeon at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, has been in practice in Barrington since moving to the community in 1992. He and his wife Kendra live in Hawthorn Woods with their two dogs, two cats, and (as he puts it) “the occasional child, or four, and grandson—who return from school, work, and other pursuits.” In addition to his practice, Dr. Rosen has also been a member of the Advocate Good Shepherd administrative staff and is currently the medical director of its breast center program. Patient-centered and collaborative, the center helps people return to the lives they had before the trauma of a cancer diagnosis. For example, it offers oncoplastic surgery, combining aesthetic techniques with cancer operations to minimize the scars of surgery. It also has developed an intraoperative radiation therapy program to condense the 4-7 weeks of radiation therapy traditionally given after surgery to a 30-minute treatment completed during their operation. Here are a few of Dr. Rosen’s lasts:
Great book you read?
The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis. This is a great story about how two psychologists revolutionized how to understand why we make the decisions we choose.
Life-changing moment that continues to impact what you do?
During the last year of my surgical training, I cared for a teenager diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I learned first-hand the devastating effects cancer can have on patients and their families and the importance of taking a holistic approach to care.
Amazing vacation that you will not soon forget?
This past summer, I took my two sons to Israel to celebrate their graduations from high school and college. It was truly a walking history lesson as well as an opportunity to learn about persevering in the face of adversity. As a first-generation American and child of survivors of Auschwitz, it was particularly moving for us to visit the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.
Act of kindness, either given or received?
The joy of my practice is the relationships that I have made over the past 25 years with my patients. There is truly no greater reward than the satisfaction of people doing well. That is an ongoing act of kindness that I continue to receive.
Surprising discovery you made about your own hometown?
My administrative responsibilities at Good Shepherd Hospital have given me the opportunity to work with many community leaders. I really believe what sets Barrington apart from many other communities is the dedication of its leaders who I have learned a great deal from. While our hospital relies on philanthropic support to offer state-of-the-art care, their dedication extends beyond the financial realm, devoting many hours planning for the future.