Jonathan "Nathan" M. Flacker, MD, AGSF
Undergrad Institution; Degree and Major:
Emory University, BA Philosophy/Chemistry
University of Chicago - Pritzker
In practice since:
Where and for how many years did you train AFTER medical school:
How did you choose your specialty?
I was always close with my grandparents, who were great people and I know all four of them very well. Like many people I was somewhat randomly assigned to work with someone in medical school, and thought she was great, her job was great, and I wanted to be like her. I always felt my older patients were the most fun and the most interesting. There is always one or more complex issues going on. The specialty offers great flexibility in the types and locations of practice.
What do you like MOST, and like LEAST, about your specialty?
In your opinion, what attributes are important in anyone choosing this specialty?
Kindness and empathy go a long way. Good communication skills. Comfort with complexity and with decision making in the absence of clear data.
I love to go to see live music and Atlanta is a great city for that.