“I don’t feel like you should ever compromise.”
Dr. Hassan Reda is glowing as he describes his colleague, Dr. Tessa London-Bounds—and for good reason. By all accounts, Dr. London-Bounds is extraordinary. She’s one of a handful of female cardiothoracic surgeons in Kentucky, and one of just a few in the country. Only a few years into her career, she's achieved a level of skill, empathy and grace that others take decades to achieve.
Dr. London-Bounds’ desire to serve others started early. The daughter of a physician’s assistant and a Peace Corps medical officer, she and her family traveled all over the world, helping people from Africa to Thailand. After college, Dr. London-Bounds worked as an HIV/AIDS consultant in Cambodia. The work confirmed what she’d suspected for years: she wanted to go into medicine. During and after medical school, Dr. London-Bounds was drawn to a challenging, intense specialty: cardiothoracic surgery.
While Dr. London-Bounds’ field is one that is constantly evolving and challenging her, the people are truly what keeps her coming back. Her patients are the number one reason she continues to strive for new techniques, new breakthroughs and better care. Every patient she comes to know drives her to do better and work harder. The patients, the diversity of high level cases and the extremely evolved pathology in Kentucky is exactly what drew Dr. London-Bounds to UK HealthCare’s Gill Heart & Vascular Institute.
Dr. Reda can attest to Dr. London-Bounds’ exceptional patient care. “She’s very caring, very attentive and a great teacher. Dr. London-Bounds knows how to select her cases, how to select her patients, and how to approach using the resources around her. She has no problem doing whatever it takes to take care of her patients.”
Today, Dr. London-Bounds continues saving lives and doing groundbreaking work in her field—and she’s doing it all while raising a growing family. For her, that balance is key, both for herself, and for other young surgeons in such a demanding specialty. “It's nice to be able to show them that it is possible to have a fulfilling career in cardiac surgery and to be able to also support your family. I don't feel like you should ever compromise.”