Dr. Kris Lehnhardt - Medical Doctor

CurioCity Careers
30 October 2012

Dr. Kris Lehnhardt

Medical Doctor specializing in Emergency Medicine and Aerospace Medicine

I enjoy helping people to feel better in their time of distress and need.

What is a typical day like for you?

In the Emergency Department, you never know what you might see – a baby with a rash, a teenager with a broken ankle, a young woman with a kidney infection, an older gentleman having a heart attack, a very elderly woman having a stroke – the list of possibilities is endless.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job?

I enjoy helping people to feel better in their time of distress and need.

What is the least enjoyable part of your job?

The least enjoyable part of what I do is having to tell a family that one of their loved ones is critically ill or injured.

Explain the path you took to get to this job (education, internships, etc.).

My undergraduate studies were focused on biology, followed by medical school. Then I completed a residency where I learned all about Emergency Medicine. My Aerospace Medicine training has been through the Canadian Space Agency, the Canadian Forces, and NASA.

Who or what was the greatest influence that set you on this path?

Dr. Dave Williams, an Emergency Physician and retired Canadian astronaut

What advice would you give others seeking a similar job?

Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something that you love – find a way.

How does your job make a difference?

Every day, I get to help save someone’s life.

How do you use science, math and technology in your job?

All of the work that I do would literally be impossible without science, math, and technology.

Is there one course you wish you had taken in high school but didn’t? Why?

I should have studied more French – I am working hard now to become truly bilingual.

What makes this job right for you?

I really like the fast pace, interesting problems to solve, and working with inspiring people.

What's the most bizarre or silliest thing you’ve ever done in this job?

I would love to tell you but I can’t because of patient confidentiality…

What activities do you like to do outside of work?

Flying an airplane, SCUBA diving, weightlifting and running

You just won $10 million! What’s the first thing you’d do?

Buy a ticket to go into space…

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