Doug Gjertsen is a former Olympic medalist, world-record holder…. and Grady patient.
In 2015, severe abdominal pain led Doug to the emergency room at his local hospital, where doctors were initially unable to diagnose his condition. His pain worsened, his kidneys failed and he went into septic shock. Doug’s doctors transferred him to Emory. It was there that he was referred to Grady’s Chief of Urology, Jeff Carney, MD, the doctor who would ultimately save his life.
Doug was diagnosed with a urethral stricture, a narrowing of the urethra that can be extremely painful and lead to life-threatening complications. He recalls that one of the first things that Dr. Carney said to him was, “You’re lucky to be alive. But whatever it is that’s wrong with you, I can fix it.”
Fortunately for Doug, Dr. Carney used the same kind of training, focus and expertise to address his condition as he used in the pool to achieve a world-record and win Olympic medals. His treatment included both major surgery and an outpatient procedure.
Fully-recovered and in “fantastic” health, Doug, who medaled at both the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics, is training the next generation of swimmers, including a woman who will be competing as part of the U. S. Olympic Team in Rio!
He is also sharing the story of his experience at Grady with others who need high-quality, specialized care. “I think that anyone should feel very confident with the care they will receive at Grady. The staff, nurses and doctors treat you with compassion from the moment you meet them and strive to give you an excellent outcome.”
Like many Atlantans, Doug drove by Grady weekly, never expecting to be a patient. Today, he is among those who realize the incredible impact the hospital has on the lives of those in our community.
Chrystal Davis with her daughter, Kennedy