Sean Hess, PH.D., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Since assuming his role in 2016, Sean has helped grow the speech language pathology program at Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER in Wichita, Kansas, with more fluoroscopy studies and options for outpatient services. He’s changing the culture for nurses and physicians in advocating for patient safety.
How have you advanced so quickly to practitioner-level work in fluoroscopy?
Lead radiologist Akash Joshi, MD, offered to teach me how to operate a fluoroscope, how radiation works, and how to administer radiation safely to patients. I said “sure, train me!” In addition to his mentorship, I continually engage in self-study and research to provide the best possible patient care.
What advice would you give to someone early in their career who wants to “raise the bar” for patient care?
Collaborate whenever possible. I regularly and proactively connect with my colleagues, other physicians, and nurses to ensure I understand the big picture of the patient’s medical situation and how the work I do fits into their overall care plan. It’s this level of teamwork that ensures we’re providing the best possible care to every patient, every time.