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I own a large library of medical - operating room photos. I worked in hospitals for about 7 years - I was originally a pre-med student - and I used to spend my spare time in the OR. Back 25 years ago there wasn't as much concern about privacy, not that you can see anything that's remotely identifiable under all the layers of surgical blankets. But still, I'd go in and shoot photos of surgeries that were interesting to me. I got to where I wouldn't try to do clinical shots of the surgeries. What I discovered is that every surgeon at some point or another during a surgery gets into "The Zone" - that place where they are hyper-focused. I'd wait for that moment and try to capture it. Soon the surgeons I'd taken photos of started coming to me saying they loved my portraits of them. And before long their friends in other States were paying me to fly into their town and shoot their photos. I started making a lot of money. Then HIPAA hit and everyone got nervous and it was harder and harder for me to get clearance to go into the OR. That was 2003. By 2005 I was shooting my very last OR photo shoot. This photo is from that shoot. This is Johns Hopkins surgeon Dr. Pierre DeMatos - assisted by Dr. Alan Bradshaw - Mission/St. Joseph's Hospital - Asheville, NC. Laparoscopic Bowel Resection - Primary Malignant Tumor Removal from the Large Intestine.
Actually the difficulty is two-fold. HIPAA (the Healthcare Information Portability & Accountability Act) - better known as a Patient's Right to Privacy - Now a patient has to consent to being filmed/photographed. And liability is the largest barrier. It greatly increases the hospital's risk of a malpractice lawsuit - and truthfully because people will sue for any reason. It just became so difficult to get the clearance after 2005.
I love this photograph! The light is amazing - so luminescent. What a fascinating application of the art form to science. I would love to see more, @JonPatrickHyde!
Woah, this is awesome! I imagine it would be difficult (especially with the general, rising paranoia associated with disease and sickness) to be able to take shoots like this, but the work is really impressive.
I never considered medical photography! Did you have to wear protective gear too?
Awesome. I loved working in a Hospital. Great photo.
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