Women's Health Texas – Austin

Dr. Weihs shares what inspired her to become an ObGyn

From obstetrics, to menopause, to laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Weihs has a led a varied and interesting career in medicine.

Video Transcript

I’m Diana Weihs and I am a Texan. I grew up primarily in College Station, had a few stints outside of Texas in Germany and Illinois but went to undergraduate school in Houston. Did my residency in San Antonio and ended up in Austin.

I had friends that were in medical school. It seemed exciting and interesting and I decided to plunge into the sciences. I took chemistry, biology, physics and calculus and then organic chemistry all in the same calendar year. And fell in love with science and decided to go to medical school and was lucky to get in.

When I got to medical school, general surgery seemed quite exciting and interesting field. I found I liked being in the operating room. Internal medicine was a very attractive field. It was intellectual, interesting figuring out problems constantly. But then I realized ObGyn was an amazing combination of those with the added excitement and joy of delivering babies which is sort of unparalleled in medicine.

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Then I also became menopause certified. Just as my practice is aging, I started exploring that a little bit and I’ve learned how to do laparoscopic surgery. More laparoscopic surgery than I did before. I’m doing a lot of laparoscopic hysterectomies so I’ve kind of kept my feet and everything obstetrics, gynecology, office based practice. I like it all.

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I really enjoyed the primary care and my relationships with my patients. I’m very lucky to practice in the same practice with the Karen Swenson and I started in 1985 and I have patients that I’ve seen go from their 20s to their 40s or their 60s to their 80s which is kind of cool, or their teens to their 30s. I’ve seen people go in and out of their childbearing years. It’s really an amazing privilege to have seen that part of people’s lives.

You should come see me because I really pay attention to detail and I can guide him into the right places but I also love listening to what they have to say. I don’t they should come to me because I enjoy there. Some days I go to work and I feel like I’m getting more out of it than the patients are. I mean maybe they don’t really care me talking about their cholesterol but I get to hear what they’re doing in their lives and what’s important to them.

I’ve raised four kids with my husband and that was a really amazing and joyous time that we spent going to their Scout meetings, could go into their schools. I was able to have some time off work where I could volunteer in the schools. We watch their soccer games, their field hockey games, their crew, their softball. It was all really fun and now we now they’re in college and above and we go visit them. We go on vacations with them and by ourselves. Life is rich in full. I love to read. I love to hike. I love to exercise outdoors. I find my girlfriend time walking in the mornings.

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So we started practice in 1985 and my daughter, oldest daughter, was born three weeks after we started practice. I had three more kids in the next the total of six years from 85 to 91. And I was very lucky because I was able to bring the kids to the office. It was a small office. If I had to run over and do the deliveries, my nurse or medical assistant helps console them until I could get back in feed. And it was I got more experienced with it so the oldest one only stayed about seven weeks but I mean the youngest one stayed about 12 weeks. It was a nice way even though I had to come back early because we were a small office and we had to keep working to pay our employee salaries. I was able to bring my kids into that.