Marcella Bothwell, MD

Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon, Otolaryngology


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Women in Media

Posted by entdoc on March 25, 2012 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

In this brief editorial, I would like present the case of how women are qualified uniquely as talented communicators A friend of mine was trying to help me with this article and she explained cogently that a media spot is just about telling a story and if you like telling stories you will be good at it. It wasn’t, however, until I read a man’s perspectival view of women that I got my muse. At first I was rather offended by his blog, “The Player Society” on how to pick up women. However, he had some insight on “How to tell great stories that keep women laughing.” It was rather obvious that he had ulterior motives, but could I see a different angle. Some of you may object at what I am about to say concerning us as women. But, if we all take this with a “pinch of salt” and get off our high horses to actually laugh at ourselves just a little, this presentation might be a good read.

It is a well-known fact that women are natural storytellers, and frankly we are occasionally a little gossipy. We curious about what is “going on” with family, colleagues, and society. Sometimes there is an up side to our experience and expertise. As women, we like to hear about the simple interactions between people and how a relationship is transformed from its beginning when compared to the end of the story. A good story can take the audience on a journey that is certainly entertaining. If you don’t trust me, look at the most popular shows on television today like "Desperate Housewives", “Survivor”, “The Bachelor”, and "The Apprentice". While you may consider yourself above watching these kinds of reality shows, millions and millions of people do watch and they are entertained. Because so many people are entertained by these ideas, these shows influence popular culture and ideas become the thought or trend for the week.

Women have an innate relational ability for making an interesting news story. We understand that the “something %” of “something % else” or that dry facts and data are boring. Our job, as physicians, is to communicate and translate to the public frankly only what we find interesting (because we have studied them for years) so that a layperson would be interested. For instance, take an example of allergies. Do you really care what diphenhydramine stands for, or its chemical composition, or do you care that it will make your nose and eyes less red and you will need to wear less make up to look good for the day? On a more serious note, translating the impact of the HPV vaccine is important because it can potentially save thousands of lives. Reducing or eliminating the devastating impact of recurrent laryngeal papilloma, or relentless laryngeal cancer with a simple vaccine is urgent news. News stories really are just a good story explained well and, hopefully, accurately.

On a more practical sense start with knowing whom you are talking to in TV land. If it’s an early morning news program its probably the mom getting kids ready and then off to work. You need to grab her attention, give her some relevant information, and then hopefully send her out to the world to share the great tidbits she found interesting while running by the television in the morning. The interviewers/reporters usually want to get knowledgeable information out to the public so they want to help you. I usually give the reporter 3-5 PowerPoint slides about what I want to tell the audience. In 3 minutes you can make no more than 3 main points so practice what you want to say. Then, if you can, try to talk in conversational language, as if you were out having coffee or a glass of wine with a friend. When you are with a friend you can’t help but act how you are naturally, which is empathetic.

More importantly, we should remember that people like interesting stories and that women are talented communicators. So get out there to the television and radio stations! Likely you are a better interviewee than you think! So I started off upset with the “player” guy, but I realized that you could find insight in strange places. Take caution ladies, when a guy is trying to tell you a funny story - he may have read that blog!

Night at the Opera

Posted by entdoc on February 3, 2011 at 1:04 PM Comments comments (0)

Went to opening night at the opera last night with the VIP package. Walked in behind the mayor, council people, the opera directors, and the guy who just donated a quarter of a million dollars. However, I talked the “Chinese lion dancer” to jump when I walked by. It became the one and only picture that made the paper. Our friends also have the in with a local magazine so we will be pictured in that too when it comes out.


Then went scuba diving the next morning.

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Hanoi 1000 Year Celebration

Posted by entdoc on October 12, 2010 at 12:44 PM Comments comments (1)

Wow what an event.  Celebration, parades, and lots of people.  Hoan Kiem Lake (or Lake of the  Restored Sword) had so many celebrating people that was very much "Times Square at midnight on the New Year".  Walking around the city, I find the difference even one year makes on the economic growth astounding.  Condominiums arose out of older 3 story buildings.  Teens are just as hip as any city in the West in T shirts and jeans.  Disparity exists but for now the 1000 Celebration of a proud people of Viet Nam is the focus for its millennium.


MJ and I at the parade. More photos in Vietnam album.

Hanoi, Vietnam 2010

Posted by entdoc on October 7, 2010 at 2:53 PM Comments comments (0)

ENT hospital is our first stop in Hanoi, where David (Parsons) has given many lectures in the past 15 years. A book was found where he was assigned from his first trip back to Vietnam 15 years ago.  I am sure the years since have brought amazing change for the people and medical care of the people of Vietnam. Walking in the streets today I can already see change from last year. Obviously the 1000 year celebration has sped up the progress in central Hanoi but don't we all need goals to complete? The city is lit with neon banners of such a proud people.Congratulations for continued success.


Vietnam October 2010

Posted by entdoc on October 6, 2010 at 3:42 PM Comments comments (0)

Today is first day back in Hanoi. The streets are alive with activity over the 1000 year celebration of the city. Unfortunately I am battling cold and cough but I think I will have voice for this afternoon'slecture.  See more photos in Vietnam album.

Cheers, Marci

A Girl Surgeon and her Doggies

Posted by entdoc on April 8, 2009 at 3:03 PM Comments comments (1)

A Girl Surgeon and her Doggies


I love my doggies and they love me unconditionally.  I’m not the best mom. I try to blame it on my schedule but my friend Susan is the best doggie mom I know and she’s a surgeon too.  Zurie and Kito’s teeth get brushed every night.  Discipline abounds and when they are told to go to their rooms they go to their kennels.  They are the best looking doggies on the block.


Mine on the other hand are not so disciplined.  I consider Rocco, Bailey and I are band of misfits.  I was raised a free spirit by my mom so I raise them as free spirits……hummmmm.  Rocco adopted me at Petsmart and Bailey found me on the Missouri River bank.  Rocco had it easy living in La Jolla where we rented for 2 years.  He is a handsome standard chocolate poodle who looks a bit Rastafarian.  It becomes him but I really just don’t get him to the groomer often enough.  I justify that I rescued him from a life of show…….. and a poofy haircut.


Bailey on the other hand is a Rat Terrier with a bit of a jaded background.  Her father belonged to a boy who was trying to raise money for his first truck and had the bright idea of breeding his dog for money.  On a chance encounter with me, he told me he was running out of food for the puppies and they needed a home – so what was I to do.  Bailey’s mom was from the illustrious ‘flea market’ background or social class.  On our walks, she rested on Rocco’s purebred coat-tails when asked ‘what is she?’  I didn’t want her to feel second class…… so I lied, however, in truth we were ‘renters’ in a very snooty community. 


Both puppies (Rocco is 9 and Bailey 3 years) have some quirkiness.  Rocco was adopted at  1 ½ years and must have had some issues with food.  You don’t mess with him when he is eating……he is very focused!  He sits on the couch with his butt like a person but loves to have his butt scratched like a doggie.   He has ear and underwear fetishes.  Let’s just say his bowels are very clean and I have gone to all cotton undies to prevent bowel obstruction……  Some of you will say…..”can’t you keep them from him” well yes but he is 83 pounds and can get most anywhere high up.  I had gotten some good strategies but then he switched to socks.  Bailey has a shoe obsession  - she finds them quite tasty.  My thoughts were that they were a very expensive treat and I should not ‘feed her habit.’  I have gotten them away from her but when you least expect it ---‘oops*^%&*!.’ 


Rocco and Bailey now also conspire against me – he pulls the leather goods off the shelf and she gets to chew it.  Looking for answers, I picked up the book by the ‘dog whisper.’  I have decided his philosophy of canine care of 1-exercise, 2- discipline, and 3- affection should be adopted as a general life philosophy for everyone – doggie and human alike.  The doggies go along easily and are happy to walk to the park.  I on the other hand seem to lag behind tired from a busy day in the operating room.  Anyway I hope they live forever……shoes and underwear are replaceable.  Unconditional love is not!


A Day in the Life of a Girl Surgeon

Posted by entdoc on April 1, 2009 at 6:31 PM Comments comments (1)

Who knew.......when you get busy and leave the car lights on.......the battery dies.  I thought, "This should not happen to me after all-- I am a surgeon!"   Well at least, as a girl surgeon, I can't admit it.  It was 6 AM and I needed to get to everything I do.......and I thought wthout anyone knowing how stupid I was......especially my male colleges.

How is it how I can fire a laser at will, cut and remove tumors with ease--- but not begin to admit that car maintence was not my thing.  I suspect the boys are not so great at it either but they can fake it better.  It was getting late and I was desperate......   "was there a cab that could drop me off at the corner where I wouldn't be seen"  - very expensive........ahhhh BF (boyfriend) left his old truck and I can hide this in the parking lot.   Success.

So I arrived and snuck in the midday tonsils were flying and sinus draining in the operating room.  My patients would all do well!  Afterall I am super woman!....LOL.  My thoughts then turned again was I to get to work again in the morning.  An epifany.........a battery charger!  So I went to Target..........a woman's best friends for Sat AM shopping.......... and got my slow 2 amp charger.  BF suggested due to something about slow charge and slow drain..........I still don't understand... oh well I was on a mission.  

I arrived home ready to get started on my car operation.  I had charger, charger directions, and car key all in hands.  I then decided to organize........charger on ground, clamps ready to use........oh I'll set the key where I can see it on the hood.  I then set out to read in the directions where the hood release was............on "mini" cooper - she is complex........passenger side door........  undaunted I was ready and opened the hood release.  I then slowly watched my spare key go into the engine block.  No problem I should fall to the ground..........nooooo I looked and looked and looked and then cussed and cussed and cussed.  MIni of all things has 'protection' on her underside - I thought Euro - cars were supposed to be more free spirited - no such luck.  So the key was stuck somewhere in the engine where I could not reach.  Undaunted I connected the red clamp to the positive and the black clamp to the negative.....or so I remember the directions said.....   I knew I was stuck until I could retrieve the key.....if I drove it and it fell out randomly in street I would have to admit it to the dealer my silly experience and also pay for another key!  No way I said!

So the next morning I took the BF's car to work and hid it in the parking lot.  I then figured I needed a more surgical approach.  A head light and Kocher clamp would do!!!  I acquired the items and anxiously waited to get home.  Again, all my patients would do well for the day........I am super woman!  LOL  I then arrived home and opened the is notable that I did not need the directions again.............  I unhooked charger and got my headlight on.  The key was at the Kocher clamp's 10 inch reach but I got it with precision.  I am sure the male neighbors were watching with jealousy at what new tool I might have...........I then exclaimed success......triumphly I started the car.   Mini roared with anticipation of her work.

Hard to believe it took eleven years of education to get this done.  Ah well all in a day......... or two

Goals for this website

Posted by entdoc on February 19, 2009 at 9:53 PM Comments comments (0)

My goal is to disseminate useful and accurate information to the general public.  Please see some of my video news interviews about "colds verses sinus infections," ear infections, and third hand smoke. The treatment of "colds" or viruses have become very complex.  I would like to make it simplier and less expensive.  In this economy, none of us needs to pay more for medicine than needed.  You also don't need to take more medicine than needed. Medicines including "herbs and herbal remedies"  have side effects that should be considered before use.    Just because something is over-the-counter or from a health food store doesn't mean it is completely safe.