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Jeff Doc Views Life Through a Lens



Whether treating a patient or peering through a lens, James Posey, III, MD, is always looking for beauty and meaning in the unlikeliest of places.

Dr. Posey is a professor and director of the gastrointestinal program in medical oncology and co-leader of the Gastrointestinal Clinical Program at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. He describes both his medical work and his photography hobby as making something out of nothing.

“When treating patients with cancer, you are always trying to achieve the best possible outcome for the patient even when you might not feel like you have enough tools or the best circumstances to do so,” he says. “Landscape photography is very similar. You have to work with the raw materials you are given to find a story to tell or an interesting perspective to present.”

Dr. Posey, 52, first fell in love with making images in a high school photography class. He put the camera aside during his college years, but picked it up again when he entered medical school.

The most challenging thing about photography is finding the time, especially with his busy medical practice, he says. But he carves out what time he can, even packing his camera when traveling to conferences if he knows there will be some downtime for exploration.

Source: Philly Voice