Celebrating a year of practice in Pittsburg this summer means Via Christi OB/GYN Erin McNulty, MD, has hit a milestone: The babies she is now bringing into the world, she has been with every step of the way.
“I’m starting to deliver patients I’ve taken care of through their whole pregnancy,” Dr. McNulty says. “That definitely is the most rewarding thing for me about my first year here.”
Establishing a home and a practice in Pittsburg wasn’t a difficult decision for the Lenexa, Kansas, native to make.
“This is a great place to work and raise a family,” says Dr. McNulty.
She and her husband, Dann, have two young children, and knew it was a place they wanted them to grow up.
“I wanted to be somewhere a little smaller than Kansas City, someplace perfect for children — but also with the amenities I was looking for as a physician.”
One of her passions is minimally invasive surgery, and the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System at Via Christi makes that possible.
“It’s very impressive that we have a robot here,” she says. “Definitely not all community hospitals are able to have that technology for their patients.”
“Robotics are a great tool in gynecology,” she says. “In fact, gynecologists are some of the first to embrace the technology. It helps women heal faster, get back to regular life faster.
“I also really enjoy taking care of high-risk pregnancies and infertility — women who struggle getting pregnant. Getting them a good outcome is so rewarding.”
Establishing a connection
Dr. McNulty says she fell in love with the medical field in a high school health careers class. A physician speaker, an OB/GYN, introduced her to the idea of healthcare.
“I knew then I wanted to deliver babies,” she says. “But I wanted to do surgery, too. That initial class opened the door for me.”
She shadowed the OB/GYN, filing charts, answering phones and eventually attending deliveries and surgeries.
Dr. McNulty attended Pittsburg State University, where she graduated in 2007 with her bachelor’s degree in biology with minors in chemistry and physics, then from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2011.
She also relies on her own knowledge as a mother to enrich her relationship with patients and her understanding of what they’re going through.
“Until you really go through it yourself, you don’t quite understand what it’s like to be in a patient’s shoes,” she says. “Some of the counseling I do has changed a little bit because of that. It does make me a better OB/GYN.”
“My heart is definitely in taking care of pregnant women, then seeing them back a few weeks later with their babies. It’s just now been long enough for that to happen, but it was worth the wait.”