In Practice: Ann-Marie Yost, M.D.

As part of an ongoing series, Providence profiles Ann-Marie Yost, M.D., a neurosurgeon with Providence Brain and Spine Institute.

Past lives
Practiced with Idaho Neurological Institute; trained in pituitary surgery at University of Virginia, neurosurgery at Newcastle General Hospital, U.K. Medical degree and residency, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Distinction
Among 6 percent of women neurosurgeons nationwide.

What drew you to neurosurgery?
Everything about it – the anatomy, the technical aspect. It’s cool.

What case stays with you?
A 19-year-old with metastatic cancer. I operated on her brain and spine, but ultimately, she decided to forgo further therapy. She refused an implanted intrathecal morphine pump, so the pediatric hospice nurse and I managed a tunneled intrathecal catheter with an external pump at home. That controlled her pain long enough that she could marry her boyfriend on leave from Iraq before she died. It taught me that it’s not always the big dramatic surgeries that make a difference in patients’ lives.

What advancement do you hope to see 10 years from now?
Improvements in gene therapy for malignant gliomas.

If you weren’t a doctor, what would you be?
A dilettante. There is so much interesting information I’ll never learn.

Last book read
“Run,” by Ann Patchett.

My other car is …
A Ducati 1100 EVO Monster motorcycle.

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