What’s Up Doc: Doctor Libby Nestor, Emergency Medicine

We talked to several of Rhode Island's 237 Top Doctors on why they chose medicine as a career and how, to them, it's more than a job.

We talked to several of Rhode Island’s 237 Top Doctors on why they chose medicine as a career and how, to them, it’s more than a job. Meet Doctor Libby Nestor, Emergency Medicine.

Photo by Alex Gagne.

Doctor: Dr. Libby Nestor

Specialty: Emergency Medicine

Hospital Affiliations: RIH


Why did you choose medicine as a career?

I had another career first, where I was working with the Episcopal Church. I had been working out in parishes for a few years and I felt that the stuff I liked from my job was really hands on and one-on-one with people. It lead me to this field because it seemed like what I was doing there and what I would do as a doctor would have a lot in common. Plus, both my father and my grandfather were doctors. It’s probably a genetic thing too.


Why did you choose your particular specialty?

Emergency medicine is the perfect specialty. You interact with a whole team of people and I really enjoy that contact. I also enjoy moving around because I’m a little claustrophobic maybe. I just like to work around a big place. I always say I come from a very large family and this reproduces my family aspect. It makes for a very comfortable situation. Plus you are meeting [patients] at a very intense part of their life and it is an interesting challenge to try to sort out what is going on and assist them.


What has practicing medicine taught you about yourself?

It has taught me to be more patient, to look from other people’s perspectives, even those that could be quite different than mine, and it has taught me the value of teamwork and family.


What are your other interests? What do you do for fun?

I have a garden that is large and unruly that I like to work on. I also have a group of friends that are mostly retired, so we go walking. I like to read, write and spend time with family and friends too.


If you could do anything else for one day what would you do?

I just love my job and I don’t ever think about doing something else. I enjoy it every day. It is intensely interesting.



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