David Droullard, MD
Originally from Minnesota, I came to Seattle for residency after medical school in New York. I am in the 7-year track completing a T-32 funded research fellowship at the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) and an MS in Health Services through the UW School of Public Health. I am passionate about prioritizing patient-centered outcomes in research and clinical care, and hope to contribute work that is useful for personalized decision-making, informed by each patient’s goals and values.
Mountaineering, skiing, rock climbing, cycling, trail running, and all other kinds of Type II fun
Colorectal surgery, acute care surgery, minimally invasive surgery
Resident and Associate Society, American College of Surgeons
Resident Member, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
Resident Member, Surgical Outcomes Club
Reviewers Guild, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
For me, UW offers the optimal combination of opportunities for both academic success and personal flourishing. Rotating through our 6 training sites teaches us a broad and deep set of surgical skills, and produces excellent clinicians who are ready for any emergency or complex decision. At the same time, UW has cultivated a supportive community of co-residents, attendings, and staff who understand the importance of a rich personal life. I have found that getting into the mountains is the perfect countermeasure for the stresses of residency, and there are few other mountain ranges in the continental US that rival the North Cascades.
What advice do you have for incoming interns?
Go out of your way to connect with your patients or meet their needs as often as you can. Come back after rounds to answer questions, call their family members, order throat sprays and other symptomatic treatments, etc. It may slow you down and make you feel less efficient, but will keep you grounded in the reasons why we are all doing this. It will make you feel like you truly are their doctor (you are). And most importantly, it will be rewarding, and you need as much of that feeling as you can get in residency. Four years later, I don’t regret any of the times I was late for evening signout, but I do regret the times when I was in too much of a hurry to go back to the bedside.
What do you like best about living in Seattle?
Seattle is my favorite city in the US; it has the perfect combination of proximity to the outdoors, livable and unique neighborhoods, and a thriving culinary, arts, and music scene. I also appreciate the progressive values and solidarity on display, although we still have a long way to go in the pursuit of social justice.
- Curtis, J. M., Hahn, W. S., Stone, M. D., Inda, J. J., Droullard, D. J., Kuzmicic, J. P., Bernlohr, D. A. (2012). Protein carbonylation and adipocyte mitochondrial function. J Biol Chem, 287(39), 32967-32980.
- Droullard, D., Porter, S., Zuckerman, A., Monie, D., Brendle, J., & Weil, H. (2017). Medical Students Leading Quality Improvement: A Lean Six Sigma Approach to Pain Management. Am J Med Qual, 32(5), 569.
- Droullard, D. J., Tinc, P. J., & Sorensen, J. A. (2017). “I Would Go if My Arm Were Hanging off”: A Qualitative Study of Healthcare-Seeking Behaviors of Small Farm Owners in Central New York State. J Agric Saf Health, 23(1), 67-81.
- Sorensen, J. A., Tinc, P. J., Weil, R., & Droullard, D. (2017). Symbolic Interactionism: A Framework for Understanding Risk-Taking Behaviors in Farm Communities. J Agromedicine, 22(1), 26-35.
- Labadie, K.P., Droullard, D.J., Lois, A.W. et al. (2021). IWATE criteria are associated with perioperative outcomes in robotic hepatectomy: a retrospective review of 225 resections. Surg Endosc. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00464-021-08345-w