Philip A. Chitwood, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
I'm from Wichita, Kansas. I grew up spending time with my grandparents in their Manitou home. I'm married to another Kaiser Permanente anesthesiologist with two boys. We have lots of pets (German Shepherd, beagle, tarantula, African Gray parrot, geckos and fish). I had the unique experience of having cancer at the age of 10. Fourteen surgeries later, here I am practicing the art of anesthesiology—the perfect blend of physiology, pharmacology and technology. Along the way I've been a mechanic, an ICU RN, and a student of nurse anesthesia at the University of Kansas Medical Center. I then completed medical school at CU, internship and residency in Arizona, followed by a Pain Management Fellowship at Loma Linda University Medical Center, where I met my wife. I love helping people like those who cared for me when I was a patient.
About my practice
My life experiences as a patient directed me to be a physician and my love for physiology, pharmacology and technology directed me toward anesthesiology. I like to apply what I learned in my Pain Management Fellowship in the acute care setting. We have a very rewarding experience as a team in working with and for our patients to help reduce their anxieties and to provide the safest care possible. Kaiser Permanente gives me the opportunity to use the most advanced techniques. Electronic records make a huge impact on patient safety and efficiency. I love the diversity of the patient population that I have at Saint Joseph Hospital and the Franklin Medical Offices. I try to keep my patient interactions light-hearted as appropriate. I enjoy caring for little ones, elderly patients and everyone in between. Maximizing pain control is very important to me. I practice the Golden Rule and treat my patients as I would wish to be treated. I only ask that my patients follow my simple request: "We cannot read your mind, so please use your words for what we can do for you and we will do our best to spoil you.”
How I thrive
I enjoy various things outside of work—most involve my family. My eldest son and I achieved our Master Scuba Diver certification and we have traveled as a family to many places (I love sharks and barracudas). My youngest son has taken up golf so my wife and I are taking lessons and trying to keep the frustration to a dull roar! I build my own bicycles and ride them on organized rides like the 120-mile Triple Bypass (Evergreen to Avon in one day), Elephant Rock and Tour of the Moon for charity. I enjoy skeet shooting as well. All of these things help reduce the stress associated with my type of work.