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Two Minutes With …

miguel burch

Miguel Burch, MD

This question-and-answer feature will help you get to know some of the physicians in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery.

Miguel Burch, MD, bariatric surgeon

Where did you grow up?

I was born in La Paz, Bolivia, at 13,500 feet above sea level. My mother and I immigrated to the United States when I was at the tender age of 9 to a small community of Bolivians, outside of Washington, D.C., in Dale City, Virginia.

Why did you decided to specialize in general surgery?

When I was in medical school, I felt most drawn to surgery. I felt it was the perfect mix of action and knowledge. Surgeons seemed to always be a part of the really great things going on in a hospital. I distinctly remember seeing innumerable sunrises while rounding in the morning, watching my attendings save the lives of trauma victims and watching them compassionately deliver bad news to patients and their families. Surgeons were brilliant, calm and happy doers who knew how to have fun when not working. How do you say no to that?

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Watching patients get healthier and watching the maturating of a surgeon — from eager intern to smooth operator chief. Having both worlds co-exist helps you appreciate each more.

Outside the O.R., where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration in the outdoors and in my family. My wife, Liv, and my son, Liam, put life in perspective and remind me that after a tough day, they are always happy to see me. The outdoors offers me a sense of awe — sometimes in the simple rhythm of the ocean and sometimes at the massive power of a mountain.

What's at the top of your bucket list?

That bucket list gets longer, not shorter, every year. Snowboarding Niseko in northern Japan has been a recent addition as has surfing the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, which I am doing this November.