5 Questions with Dr. Jade Stafford
October 20, 2016
In September, Jade Stafford, MD, joined our department as an assistant professor in our general obstetrics and gynecology division. She is based at the Emory University Hospital Midtown location.
Dr. Stafford completed her undergraduate education at Stanford University and then attended Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. She completed her residency with our department; during this time, she participated in Emory's Global Health Residency Scholars Program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and served as one of the inaugural resident reporters at the Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology (SASGOG). She received numerous awards during her residency and medical education, including the Excellence in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery from the American Urogynecology Society and the Outstanding Clinician Award in Office Gynecology, as voted by the faculty of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics.
5 Questions with Dr. Jade Stafford
1. Why did you want to become a doctor?
My desire to become a doctor began at the young age of 11. I had a great love and admiration for my own pediatrician and thought that becoming a doctor would be the most amazing opportunity. I began to explore the possibility by joining the MED-COR program at the University of Southern California in my hometown of Los Angeles. During each year of the five-year program, I learned more and more about what it meant to be a doctor -- treating the sick, providing for people in their time of need, and lifelong learning. I have continued to pursue my passion for medicine from that time until today.
2. What was the highlight of your residency?
Throughout the four years of residency, I feel there were several highlights! The first being the amazing relationships that I walk away from residency with. This time is like no other where you experience the joys and pains of on-the-job training and I know these friendships will last a lifetime. The second was the mentorship I received from both official and unofficial leaders within various departments. I am sure that these mentorships will last throughout my career. Lastly, the amazing patient care experiences where I had the opportunity to share in the joy of helping a couple to usher their first child into the world or holding a patient’s hand as they fell asleep to undergo a hysterectomy. These opportunities were priceless and pivotal to propelling my career toward generalist practice.
3. Why did you decide to stay at Emory? What are you most looking forward to about working here?
My husband and I admired Emory from afar as medical students and were ecstatic to have couple’s matched into our respective programs at our first choice, Emory University. Throughout my time at Emory, I have found that our goals are well aligned. Specifically, Emory’s commitment to providing quality care, education and service to the community mirrors my own. When it came time to decide on a career path, academic generalist practice spoke to me as the best trajectory in light of my life’s goals, and Emory was an excellent opportunity to delve in headfirst.
4. What do you enjoy most about working with patients?
The only time that patients are excited to go to the hospital is when they are expecting to give birth to a baby! As obstetricians, we have the best opportunity to share in the momentous occasion with them and that is truly special. The relationships that we develop with our patients are unique and filled with trust and openness and I relish in the special gift that truly is. I look forward to building bonds that will last throughout my career.
5. Hobbies outside of work? Fun facts about yourself?
Spending time with my husband and our families is important to us! We both love to travel domestically and abroad and enjoy trips that include relaxing on the beach, and cultural or adventurous excursions. We also adore animals and look forward to the opportunity to have a pet. Since living here, we love exploring new adventures throughout the city of Atlanta. On weekends, we frequent music fests, art festivals, sporting events, and enjoy watching movies, shopping and wine tasting. I’ve also decided to learn how to swim and am actively taking lessons. Fun fact: I am both the oldest and middle child in my family!
Learn more about Dr. Stafford by visiting her online bio. To make an appointment, please call 404-778-3401.