Dr. Wightman is a thoracic surgeon who specializes in lung and esophageal cancer surgery as well as benign esophageal surgery at Keck Medicine of USC.
Here’s what you won’t find on his resume.
He thought about becoming a craftsman before discovering medicine.
“When I was growing up, I originally wanted to become a carpenter. But as I went to school, that dream progressed into either becoming an architect, an engineer or a physician.”
He enjoys adventures with his family.
“When I’m not working, my time is completely consumed by my family and children. We engage in a wide array of activities that range from cooking, hiking and camping to playing with building blocks.
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“Our family recently discovered Hawaii, and it has quickly become our favorite travel destination. I went there with my wife on our honeymoon and we recently returned, with our kids in tow. It’s such a great place for exploration and rest.”
Staying present is key.
“The best life advice I ever received is to enjoy the journey. If I’m always looking ahead to something in the future, then time just ends up passing by too quickly.”
He’s committed to continually learning.
“I decided to apply to medical school because I was attracted to lifelong learning and I knew that a career in medicine required a commitment to continued education. Having a long-term relationship with patients is something I noticed many physicians had — and I wanted that, too.”
Supporting his patients and helping them heal is his mission.
“The most rewarding part of my job is being available for my patients at a period of time in their life when they may need it the most. Seeing my patients recover after surgery is very rewarding. The drive that many patients have through their surgical journey becomes contagious.”
He appreciates Keck Medicine’s multidisciplinary approach to care.
“My favorite part about working at Keck Medicine is being able to see people from all disciplines coming together to care for our patients.”
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