Dr. Ryan Black is an otolaryngologist, treating patients with ear, nose, and throat problems. Dr. Black believes healthcare involves treating the whole person, not just the complaint. He admires the teamwork that is evident at Memorial, as well as their focus on prevention versus treatment. After spending time in Vietnam and numerous states throughout the U.S., Dr. Black is happy to settle in Yakima, where he enjoys hiking and spending time with his family.
What inspired you to choose medicine as a career?
I got into medicine because I love working with people on an intimate level. It's not very often that somebody lets you in on details of their life that they typically would not reveal. To be able to have a positive impact in that person's life is very meaningful to me. I hope that I can be, in a small way, a positive influence in that person's life.
Do you have a philosophy or approach to working with patients?
When I work with patients my philosophy is that their complaint is unique to them. I strive to listen carefully so I can get clues to make a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. I think it's very frustrating for patients sometimes because they feel that they're just a number in the crowd, but everybody's situation is different. It's been my philosophy that if you listen carefully and long enough, typically you will get the information that you need.
What do you appreciate most about the doctors and staff you work with?
When I think about the culture at Memorial, I think of physicians that work together to accomplish the same goal for quality patient care. It's that teamwork that really sets us apart. I believe that Memorial physicians as a whole, look at people from a social, emotional, and physical aspect in order to get a full picture of that person and his or her needs. We help people not just make it day to day, but enjoy life.
What do you like about Yakima?
Yakima is a very unique place. I love that you can get pretty much anywhere in this town within a 15 to 20-minute drive. There's very little traffic, yet there are good resources available. We're not so isolated that we struggle to have our needs met. The fruit and vegetables are delicious, the outdoor activities are fun, and it's a great place to raise a family.
Tell me a little known fact about you or talk about what you like to do outside of work.
When I'm not at work some of my hobbies include spending time with my family, being outdoors, and hiking. I've also been getting into remote control airplanes. I have also always had an interest in different cultures and different people. I speak Vietnamese and have spent quite a bit of time in Southeast Asia and enjoy the people and the culture of Vietnam.