SouthCoast Health Dr. Jillard
Our main focus is on general surgery, with specific and innovative treatments for breast cancer and thyroid cancer.
Describe the moment you decided you wanted to be a doctor. According to my mother, I boldly proclaimed my aspirations to be a physician while I was in the second grade. I didn’t truly understand the privilege of this position until I was submersed in the thick of healthcare while doing research in college. The opportunity to help others is immensely rewarding, and I was hooked.
What was your most defeating medical moment and how did you learn from it? The trauma bay is a constant reminder of how powerless we can sometimes be as physicians. From unfathomable acts of self-inflicted abuse, to casualties of haphazard boating trips—some fates are already determined. I had to accept this early on in my training. In spite of this, I must equally accept that each day, all I can do is my very best every time I have the opportunity to care for another person.
What have you learned from your patients that you never could have learned from any class or operating room? I have witnessed the importance of faith and determination, which can alter health and radically change lives in the most powerful and profound ways.
What are you doing to stay at the forefront of medical technology and innovation? It is imperative to be a “perpetual student” in the medical world, always learning and striving to learn through reading, attending conferences, and being involved in national dialogue with regard to new and innovative approaches to medicine.
What makes the South a special place to practice medicine? There is an element of gratitude in my patients that is not indigenous to my northeastern roots. Also, the South is much more on the cusp of innovative medical procedures than one may think.
Christa L. Jillard, MD
7001 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Ste 1, Savannah, GA