Dr. Tomás Magaña says, like most physicians, he began his career believing that treating illnesses would be the way he would save his patients lives. But then Dr. Magaña, a pediatrician, began practicing medicine in inner-city Oakland.
“The leading cause of death for adolescents is trauma, followed by homicide, followed by suicide,” Dr. Magaña says. “That’s very hard for a pediatrician, because I’m trained for pathology.”
Dr. Magaña soon realized if he was going to save lives, he would have to broaden the ways he did it.