Meet this week’s #womancrushwednesday, Dr. Abby Nolder, MD, a fellowship-trained pediatric otolaryngologist at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, AR. She is a teacher, mentor, and a role model for all aspiring women surgeons!
“Don’t get caught up in society’s idea of what a woman surgeon/physician/professional’s life should look like. Pave your own way and make life what you want it to be.” – Dr. Abby Nolder, MD
Name: Abby Nolder, MD
Specialty: Pediatric Otolaryngology*
Undergraduate education: University of Arkansas
Medical school: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2002-06
Residency: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2006-11
Fellowship: University of Kansas, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO 2011-12
Hometown: Little Rock, AR
Tell us about yourself?
I was born in Wichita, Kansas, but moved to Little Rock with my mom, dad, and older brother when I was 2 years old. I am close to my family and am blessed to have them nearby. I got married last year and we have two 9-year old fur babies-a black lab and a golden retriever. My husband is a general surgeon so we stay busy!
What are some fun facts about you?
– I knew I wanted to be a doctor when I was only 8 years old. I used to read medical dictionaries for fun!
– I did sinus surgery on a chimpanzee at the Little Rock Zoo in 2015. It was an awesome experience!
What do you love about surgery? Your field?
I love the variety and pace of surgery and have always felt at home in the operating room. I chose Pediatric ENT because it stimulates and challenges me like no other specialty in otolaryngology. No two days are the same! Serving my pediatric patients is my greatest honor and privilege.
Did you have a career before medical school?
I worked as an operating room tech for one year between college and medical school. I had no prior experience and my boss took a chance on me. It was one of the best years of my life!
What brought you to LR?
My family. Little Rock is home.
What do you like to do when you’re not at the hospital?
I’m an introvert at heart so I love quiet nights at home with my husband. I am also a Pure Barre addict and try to go any chance that I get!
Do you have some WISE words for women who want to become surgeons?
– Don’t get caught up in society’s idea of what a woman surgeon/physician/professional’s life should look like. Pave your own way and make life what you want it to be.
– Remember to take time for yourself as well as unplug and be present with those that love you and have helped you make it this far.
* What is otolaryngology?
According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: “Otolaryngology (pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/goll/oh/jee) is the oldest medical specialty in the United States. Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. They are commonly referred to as ENT physicians.” Click here to learn more