Christine LaSala’s colleagues at Hartford Hospital typically describe her as “full of life.” Smart, personable, and blessed with a seemingly inexhaustable supply of energy, she’s known as someone who radiates vitality, whether she’s seeing patients, performing exacting surgical procedures, teaching residents or running the innovative Urogynecology Division she founded at the hospital more than 10 years ago.
Now, Chris is literally full of life. She and her husband joyfully welcomed their first child, a daughter in early 2008.
Having children was never part of Chris’s life plan. Although she liked children – she was a doting aunt to her nieces and nephews – her adult life was primarily focused on caring for patients and building the state’s first Urogynecology Division – a center of excellence for the treatment of pelvic-floor disorders such as uterine prolapse and urinary incontinence.
“Urogynecology was still a relatively new specialty in women’s health when I did my fellowship in 1995, so women had few resources to turn to,” Chris says. “I decided to devote myself to caring for women with these common conditions in a kind, sensitive, supportive and educational environment.”
Today, the Urogynecology Division she founded has three attending physicians, including Chris. It is the only division of its kind in the state to have a fellowship program to train additional specialists in the field. Chris and physician colleagues have introduced to Connecticut many leading-edge laparoscopic treatments and robotic procedures that relieve women of troublesome conditions while keeping incisions small and reducing recovery time. Chris is passionate about her work.
“My patients are an extension of me, and I very much want the best for them,” she says. “Even though it’s the patient on the OR table, and not me, when I’m putting stitches in, I feel it. When they’re having a good post-operative experience, I feel it. When things aren’t going as well as we’d like post-operatively, I feel that, too.”
Being so dedicated to her work, she hadn’t thought that she would be able to dedicate herself to a child as well. She and her husband, John, chose instead to lavish their domestic attention on Genevieve, Madeline and Loki, three collies always ready with unconditional love and wagging tails at the end of a busy day.
But then, Chris realized that she was ready and eager to be a mother. And now she’s two years into motherhood, watching her daughter grow and change every day.
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