Leadership & Medical Innovation

Leadership & Medical Innovation



Lessons Learned – April’s Thanks Brain Morning Blend with Guest Speaker Dr. Leon E. Moores

April’s Thanks Brain Morning Blend with guest speaker Leon E. Moores MD, Pediatric Neurosurgeon was one for the books! Dr. Moores shared an inspirational brain talk on Leadership & Medical Innovation here at the parari café! We wanted to share a few things we learned from his incredible presentation.

  1. 00000.00_02_25_11.Still001If you were in a severe car accident and you had a choice of going to any hospital in the world, which one would you choose? Would it be a nationally-recognized facility in large cities such as New York, Chicago, LA or Houston? According to Dr. Moores, the hospitals that are best-prepared to save your life would be near or in the battlefield…perhaps even in a tent. These hospitals are the best-staffed and best-equipped facilities to treat severe wounds and life-threatening injuries. Because the people working in them are constantly exposed to the most critically-wounded people on the planet and they are some of the most experienced in the world.


  1. Practice determines performance. Dr. Moores gave us insight into the challenging decisions he’s had to make as a Pediatric Neurosurgeon and also performing emergency surgery on wounded Soldiers on the battlefield – it’s a tough job! To prepare himself before an operation, Leon shared that he would often mentally visualize certain cases from start to finish. This type of mental preparation is essential to performing intricate tasks under the most demanding of situations. He does this, so that when he’s under pressure, he’s completely prepared for the task at hand.


  1. Mastery happens over time. To get to his level of expertise, he has had to build it by being open to continuous learning and a cycle of growth. Now, if there’s anything we may share in common with Dr. Moores (he is pretty amazing), it’s that with anything, you go through a life cycle ­– starting off unconsciously incompetent and finishing unconsciously competent. In the words of Leon, “it’s really scary, then it gets less scary, and then it gets non scary, and then you get old”. It’s this type of willingness to learn and grow that Dr. Moores has attained his level of mastery.


Dr. Moores presented several examples of how surgeons are doing things that would have been unimaginable. He is leading the way, breaking ground on amazing technologies and techniques that are revolutionizing medicine to save lives. Not only do we want to extend a special thank you to our speaker Dr. Leon E. Moores for his military service and the incredible work he has done, but we also want to share the important lessons he shared with the Morning Blend group.

With all that said, we are looking forward to seeing everyone at the next morning blend, as we share new ideas and make new friends.