While Italy and the world explodes in coronavirus fever, Broadway goes dark, lights on the Vegas strip dim and we wallow in thoughts of life-and-death, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Mark Glyman, risks his life and that of his amazing staff, to stay open during a pandemic for patients at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates of Nevada.
Dr. Glyman, has been a surgical magician for my twin teenagers with autism, and respectfully, I won’t give away the tricks of his trade. I will say, that immediately after the operation of one twin, Dr. Glyman reached out in the waiting area of Southern Hills Hospital, with an update. He speaks fast, but with a kind of subdued magic that is warm, controlled and exquisite, the sort of thing you get from a good string trio.
While Dr. Glyman updates me on the success of my son’s surgery, I watch the screen behind his head roll with 14 more patients. I think, wow, unusual to take such time with a PARENT of his patient. I ask him, “Are you a workaholic?” Dr. Glyman proceeds to tell me that he has never taken a sick day in his life. He even worked after he smashed his face in a ski accident. Talk about dedication and the best part is…my sons with autism trust and adore him. Dr. Glyman understands special need idiosyncrasies in a way many doctors do not — the reason my sons nicknamed his Saint Mark. He even gave an opinion about small cavities in one kid’s mouth — way above and beyond his role as a surgeon.
Dr. Mark Glyman’s board-certified surgical skill and deep care for his patients are molded into that high form we call genius. Lucky for us, Saint Mark has dropped down into our mortal world like a shooting star. He is always there, unchanged, waiting to care for you, as is his stellar staff. The icing on the cake is that Saint Mark’s skilled hands flew off the books at Harvard Medical School and UCLA Dental School and his wings landed him in a residency for general and maxillofacial surgery at Boston’s infamous Massachusetts General Hospital. That explains all the initials after his name…MD, DDS, FACS. What more could you ask for in a surgeon?
-Mom of Ciccarone Twins with Autism