Jacob Khurgin, DO is the Director of Male Reproductive Health at GENESIS. He is a fellowship-trained urologist whose special interest is in the field of men’s reproductive health, fertility and reconstructive urological surgery. Dr Khurgin strongly believes that a thorough evaluation of the male is essential to couples having difficulty conceiving.
“My doctor is nice; every time I see him, I’m ashamed of what I think of doctors in general.”
Q: WHY DID YOU BECOME A DOCTOR/REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGIST?
A: Three reasons:
- The human body is a fascinating thing. It’s hard to think of anything else that is nearly as challenging to try to understand – and on occasion even try to “improve” when disease strikes.
- Being able to help someone is the most rewarding thing you can do as a human. Having it as a job is gravy.
- I’m not good at anything else!
Q: WHO INSPIRES YOU?
A: There’s inspiration every day, if you look for it. As a rule, though, I admire the “older” generations, the ones who have undergone hardships that I can hardly comprehend: wars, uprooting from childhood homes, loss, etc. Puts my own problems (like my phone battery dying too quickly) in perspective.
Q: WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
A: Spare time? What’s that? When I have some, I love spending time with my family. I enjoy traveling to new places, reading a book (non-medical, if possible) and, once upon a time, I played tennis.
Q: WHAT IS SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT WOULD SURPRISE MOST PEOPLE?
A: I have a sense of humor. At least, I think I do. My wife still laughs at my jokes even after many years.
Q: DESCRIBE A TIME WHEN YOU WERE INSPIRED BY A PATIENT.
A: That occurs daily. One patient that comes to mind is a young man who was unable to conceive with his wife. In addition, both he and his wife were diagnosed with cancer unusually early (in their 20’s). Flash-forward a few years later, and both are cancer-free with a beautiful baby boy. He and his wife never gave up hope, never stopped being positive. I derive a lot of strength when I think of them.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO HELPING PATIENTS?
A: While there are general principles on how to help men with fertility issues, I think it is important to approach each man as an individual. That means listening, really listening, and trying to customize the treatment plan accordingly.
Q: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
A: I think of myself as thorough, friendly, honest, and constantly striving to improve my knowledge base.
Q: IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU?
A: I love what I do and I do what I love. I hope you my patients feel that about me.