Geoffrey R. Connors, MD, is associate medical director of the medical intensive care unit (MICU) at Yale New Haven Hospital, where he cares for critically ill patients. “I always focus on the cure while not ignoring the patient, moving forward to a cure while easing any suffering,” he says. “The most important thing is complete and caring honesty, making sure patients are informed about what is happening to them, good or bad. Not knowing and guessing at what comes next can be just as bad as the disease.”
Dr. Connors is an assistant professor of medicine (pulmonary) at Yale School of Medicine and an active researcher focused on advancing therapies for his patients. His contributions have included standardizing and improving quality of care for the sickest patients and launching an early mobility program that aims to get MICU patients get out of bed as quickly as possible.
“I wanted to contribute to medicine on a large scale—not just taking care of patients today, but making an impact for more patients than I could ever see personally now and in the future,” Dr. Connors says.