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Hospital Affiliation: Northside Hospital
In Practice Since: 1999
At AWS Since: 2004
Other: Dr. Dawson is a Partner Physician at AWS. He is the proud father of a little girl and a little boy. He grew up in South Georgia and likes to travel and ski.
Dr. Michael Dawson was drawn to medicine and the opportunity to help others when he worked in an emergency room during college. His true calling became apparent during his medical training after he got to deliver a baby on his first day of rotation in obstetrics.
"I was addicted," says Dr. Dawson.
Delivering babies is just one way that Dr. Dawson looks to impact the lives of his patients. He finds great satisfaction in knowing his interaction with a patient has made a difference, either by helping her feel physically better or by assuring her that her concerns have been heard.
Dr. Dawson values the relationships that he has built with his patients over the years. He focuses on getting to know the whole person and establishing a bond of trust with each one.
Increasing patient knowledge and understanding is also important to him. Dr. Dawson believes that an informed patient who trusts her doctor is a patient who becomes instrumental in solving health problems.
"An educated patient is more likely to take an active role in her own care," he says.
Dr. Dawson says he enjoys practicing at AWS because the staff is a highly skilled, diverse and open-minded group. In addition, the use of technology at AWS provides the benefit of open communication to patients that other medical practices are only beginning to recognize.