Obstetrician and gynocologist Dr. Wesley Hodgson, M.D., has joined Fauquier Health OB/GYN on Hospital Hill. Dr. Hodgson served eight years active duty in the military, four of those as an OB/GYN physician at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Dr. Hodgson is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology.
“Camp Lejeune was a very busy place for a community hospital,” Dr. Hodgson says. “The staff delivers more than 2,000 babies each year, so the pace is always hectic. It was an excellent training ground.”
Dr. Hodgson’s military experience also taught lessons in compassion. He took care of hundreds of patients who were affected by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. “So many of our moms who were delivering were alone because their husbands were deployed,” Dr. Hodgson explains. “That really brings a whole new element to a pregnancy because it involves so many more stressors.”
Dr. Hodgson remembers the moment he knew he wanted to become a doctor. He was 13 at the time and was attending an Orioles baseball game. “One of the ground crew workers had a heart attack right in the middle of the field, right in front of everybody,” Dr. Hodgson explains. “Some folks in the stands rushed down to do CPR, and the man having the heart attack was actually revived by the resuscitation. The event made such a huge impression on me. From that point forward, I was very focused on going into medicine, and I have not wavered since.”
Dr. Hodgson’s passion for obstetrics and gynecology developed during medical school. “It was the one area in the hospital where, even though there are often emergencies, there are so many happy endings, which was very appealing to me. And second, I really admired the close personal relationships that the OBs had with their patients. You don’t always see that, but it’s absolutely essential in this specialty. So I’ve been trying to emulate that ever since,” says Dr. Hodgson.
“Labor and delivery are big, life-changing events, so I think it’s our job to help guide them through that, and to try to reduce their stress while providing the safest care possible,” says Dr. Hodgson.
“I could not be more impressed with with the philosophy of patient care the health system embraces — always putting the patient first. The values of the Fauquier Health caregivers are unmatched from what I’ve seen elsewhere, and I’m looking forward to helping them deliver the best care possible,” says Dr. Hodgson.