Mary Burgess, MD

Infectious Disease Specialist, Conway Regional Health System

HOME: Cedarburg, Wisconsin; moved to Arkansas in 2001

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Brave New Restaurant

FAVORITE MOVIE: Grumpy Old Men

Dr. Mary Burgess has been practicing as an infectious disease physician in the Little Rock area for more than seven years. She currently practices in the Conway Regional Infectious Disease Clinic and serves as associate program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Mary Burgess, MD

Infectious Disease Specialist, Conway Regional Health System

HOME: Cedarburg, Wisconsin; moved to Arkansas in 2001

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Brave New Restaurant

FAVORITE MOVIE: Grumpy Old Men

Dr. Mary Burgess has been practicing as an infectious disease physician in the Little Rock area for more than seven years. She currently practices in the Conway Regional Infectious Disease Clinic and serves as associate program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

ATTRACTION TO CAREER:

Infectious disease physicians study and treat every system of the body. It’s like being a detective and solving a mystery every day.

BEST PART OF YOUR DAY:

I love being able to end the day enjoying time with my family, simply watching TV with them, or relaxing on the back porch, watching the sunset.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

I am most proud of overcoming the fear and putting in the extra effort to complete additional undergraduate studies that I needed to apply for medical school while also having two young children. Then, I went on to complete medical school while also being involved in a variety of family activities.

SURPRISING FACT:

I started medical school when I was 35 years old and had 4-year-old and 6-year-old daughters at the time.

LESSONS LEARNED DURING THE PANDEMIC:

I have reinforced discussions with my patients that primary prevention of any illness is the most effective way of keeping us healthy in an effort to overcome vaccine hesitation. An important lesson for all frontline health care workers is taking time to decompress every day.

ATTRACTION TO CAREER:

Infectious disease physicians study and treat every system of the body. It’s like being a detective and solving a mystery every day.

BEST PART OF YOUR DAY:

I love being able to end the day enjoying time with my family, simply watching TV with them, or relaxing on the back porch, watching the sunset.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

I am most proud of overcoming the fear and putting in the extra effort to complete additional undergraduate studies that I needed to apply for medical school while also having two young children. Then, I went on to complete medical school while also being involved in a variety of family activities.

SURPRISING FACT:

I started medical school when I was 35 years old and had 4-year-old and 6-year-old daughters at the time.

LESSONS LEARNED DURING THE PANDEMIC:

I have reinforced discussions with my patients that primary prevention of any illness is the most effective way of keeping us healthy in an effort to overcome vaccine hesitation. An important lesson for all frontline health care workers is taking time to decompress every day.

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