DOCTORS OF INTEREST
Treasure Coast Medical Report
As the associate chief of staff, Vickers has overseen doctors,
nurse practitioners, physician assistants and clinicians for the
past two years.
“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Vickers leading the
Cleveland Clinic Martin Health physicians,” hospital president
Robert Lord says. “She is a talented physician who
provides great care to her patients. She is a compassionate
and thoughtful leader, and her engineering background has
helped us tremendously in improving our efficiency and
creating better access for our patients.”
Vickers enjoys working as the hospital’s leading physician
and as a nephrologist. There are certain aspects of both jobs
that she finds interesting and challenging.
“I still get to solve complex problems; I get to synthesize
a lot of data and figure out a pattern within the data; I get to
coach people through challenges; and sometimes educate,”
she says. “I may educate an administrator on the practice of
medicine and how something works or why it’s important.
Or, I’m educating a physician on an administrative or business
side of something that they haven’t been exposed to and
understanding why that’s impacting their clinical world. I
love those things and I get to do them in both of my roles.”
Away from the hospital, she unwinds at home doing creative
“I like to make things,” she says. “So, I knit, sew, and I have
done some weaving — played around with making pottery.
I’ve kind of dabbled in a bunch of random things. I need that
me-time to get recharged.”
Vickers credits her mother, Jean, and sister, Melissa, with
teaching her how to sew and knit. At 82, her mother still
sews and recently made and donated about 100 masks to
the local hospital.
Whether she is providing clinical guidance in her administrative
position or meeting the needs of a patient in an exam
room, Vickers thrives in her role as a doctor — especially
when she knows that she is making a difference.
“I really love being a physician,” she says. “It’s hard, but
it’s worth it. My dad had said that he knew that I would
always find my way into medicine. It was the only thing that
would provide me satisfaction — intellectually and personally
— and he was right. It was the right thing for me to do.”
“I really love being a physician.
It’s hard, but it’s worth it. My
dad had said that he knew that
I would always find my way
into medicine. It was the only
thing that would provide me
satisfaction — intellectually and
personally — and he was right. It
was the right thing for me to do.”
— Dr. Jean Vickers