With his career spanning over 25 years Dr. Samuel Bae is recognized by his peers as a top gastroenterologist, as is reflected in that he held numerous peer elected leadership positions at top-hospitals and the Hunterdon Medical Gastroenterology Associates.
Dr. Bae was elected as Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine, a ranking member of the Cancer Care Committee, and Quality Assurance Committee Chair. Additionally, Dr. Bae has received numerous awards including America’s Top Physician, Patients’ Choice Award, Physicians’ Choice Award, and The Nurses’ Choice Award.
Also, while working with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Bae held both clinical and research positions specializing in cancer prevention and treatment using the latest in medical technology, as well as patient lifestyle and nutrition optimizing. The significant findings Dr. Bae made in the areas of cancer prevention and treatment has been presented at major medical conferences, and his expert opinions have been widely published.
With that being said, Dr. Bae’s accolades do not go to his head, he is a down-to-earth physician, with the well-being of his patients remaining as his highest priority. As a dedicated physician, husband to a wonderful wife, and father to four great children, Dr. Bae appreciates the importance of listening to others, and interacts with his patients as he does his family. Dr. Bae wants to get to know his patients, and give his patients a chance to know him, so that he can render to them care best helps them achieve their health and life goals.
Being a physician is a vested profession, where a doctor and patient have an important relationship based on personalized care that enables clinical success, Dr. Bae appreciates this important attribute of his profession, and takes to heart the wellbeing of his patients, being 100% committed to supporting them.
Why did you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
In medical school, the Division Chief of gastroenterology was also my professor, and I am glad to say later a friend. He sparked my curiosity about digestive diseases, with the idea of being able to perform an endoscopy to help diagnose and treat patients was very exciting to me. Imagine being able to help and treat a person without an extensive open surgery, how could you not be enthralled with that prospect!
Also, after working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I specialized in the prevention and treatment of cancer, which is challenging, but highly rewarding, and being in gastroenterology puts me as a professional in the center of cancer management and in one of the best places to help people.
What is the best part about being a doctor?
The best part of being a doctor is the ability to help others. I tell my children that it's the relationships that we have with one another - family members, friends, or for me my interactions with my patients - that help define who we are. I feel fortunate that I can meet many new people every day, and not only make their lives better, and in some cases perhaps even save their lives!
Is providing personalized medical care for people, really that important?
I have held many positions, including leading my department as Chairman of Medicine and teaching residents and fellows, and have been increasingly discouraged by the continued erosion of personal interaction between doctors and patients. In fact, I’ve seen some doctors look more at the computer screen instead of talking to their patient! Medicine has changed, and that personal connection, once the foundation of quality, has taken a back seat to x- rays and labs, statistics and seeing how many patients you can see in 1 hour. That is why when I see a patient, I speak with them one-on-one basis, to address not only specific gastrointestinal concerns, but also to understand their health goals as an individual, and it is this personalized care that enables me to diagnosis and treat patient effectively.