Philip W. Ponder, MD, FACOG
University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Obstetrics & gynecology
If it weren't for a childhood injury, Philip W. Ponder, MD, FACOG, might not have become a doctor at all. "I had always loved science in school," Dr. Ponder recalled. "I had surgery in high school after an ankle fracture, and I was impressed with and influenced by my orthopedic surgeon. That was when I really started to consider medicine as a career."
It was another memorable moment that led Dr. Ponder to the field of obstetrics and gynecology. "On my first day of clinical rotations in medical school, I saw a Cesarian section," he said. "It was amazing and I knew then that's what I wanted to do."
In the two decades he has been practicing medicine, Dr. Ponder has found he enjoys many other aspects of his specialty as well. "I enjoy routine obstetrics and delivering babies," he said, "and I also enjoy gynecologic surgery, particularly robotic surgery."
Away from the office, Dr. Ponder enjoys spending time with his wife, Carolyn, who is a nurse practitioner in women's health, and his teenage son and daughter. "My son Cam and I enjoy going to sporting events, especially college football games," he said. "And my daughter Carly and I enjoy playing tennis and running together. I'm a former competitive runner, so it's nice to be able to pass that love along to her."