Q&A with an Oak Cliff-loving surgeon

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Methodist Dallas Medical Center surgeon Susannah Hambright lives in Oak Cliff and enjoys spending time in the Bishop Arts District when she’s not working with patients. Photo by Ralph DiFronzo..

Dr. Susannah M. Hambright is an Oak Cliff resident and surgeon at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. We interviewed Dr. Hambright to find out what makes her tick and how she wound up working and living in our neighborhood.

Why Oak Cliff for work and home? 

Oak Cliff picked me. I’m a Michigan native but did my surgical residency training at Methodist Dallas. When I moved back to Dallas after fellowship training I knew that Oak Cliff was the neighborhood I wanted my family to be in.  We recently bought out first home here.

You specialize in general surgery and Hepatopancreaticobiliary (HPB) surgery. What is HBP, and what drew you to it?

HPB means liver (hepato), pancreatic, and biliary surgery.  It pertains to cancers and benign conditions of the liver, pancreas and gall bladder. I was drawn to this field both by the complexity of the cases, and the hope a surgical option can bring to patients.  I also love general surgery and its variety of cases, including hernias, most of which can be repaired robotically.

What are your favorite neighborhood causes?

We donate to local elementary schools and support community events, including the Dash for the Beads. 

What steered you to medicine?

I’m fascinated with the human body. I did human genetics research initially, but it took months for results. I wanted something more rewarding. I studied undergrad at the University of Michigan, med school at the University of Toledo, surgical training at Methodist Dallas, HPB Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. I knew I wanted to come back here.

Your affiliations are through Methodist Health System. Why Methodist?

I met wonderful colleagues here during my surgical training. I’m now the skills lab director for the residents coming up in the program.

Does medicine run in your family?

I’m the first. My Dad jokingly said: “Are you sure you want to do that? That’s a lot of loans. How about being a dentist?” 

Tell us about your family. 

I met my husband, Greg, also a general surgeon, at Methodist during my residency.  I am a step-mom to two sweet and fun kids. 

Where do you hang out in Oak Cliff? 

Tillman’s, PhD’s, Nova, and Imagionaire Salon. Shout-out to my hairstylist Stephanie!- I was there right before this interview getting my hair done.

What do you love most about Oak Cliff?

The sense of community with its small-town feel and Downtown views.  I also don’t mind my eight-minute commute to work.

When should someone call your office? 

If you feel you have any general surgical needs, please call the office for a consultation. We can see most new patients within 48 hours. 

For a consultation with Susannah Hambright call 972.298.2138 or visit methodistsurgicalassociates.com

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