Get to Know Dr. Christopher Spalding
July 21, 2020

Get to Know Dr. Spalding

Dr. Christopher Spalding is an anesthesiologist and joins Schneck Anesthesiology. He earned his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and completed an internship in anesthesiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and his residency at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
 

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Spring Hill, Florida. In high school, I was in Future Business Leaders of America and Key Club. I was also an electrician’s assistant. In college, I was involved in fraternity leadership and worked as a computer technician and hospital volunteer.
 

Please tell us about your family.

My wife’s name is Lucy.
 

What hobbies do you enjoy?

I enjoy attending live sporting events, going out to eat, golf, hiking, and spending time with my wife.
 

What is the one place you would most like to visit?

Greece!
 

When did you know you wanted to be a physician?

I hadn’t even considered becoming a physician until my second year of college. I was about halfway through my engineering major when I started thinking about my future career. I was enjoying my studies, but I realized I wanted to work more directly with the people I would be helping. Medicine seemed like a natural fit that satisfied both my intellectual curiosities and my career aspirations.
 

What is your favorite memory from your residency?

My favorite memories of residency include all of the Friendsgivings, Christmas parties, and a weekend lake retreat with my fellow residents during our second year.
 

What do you like most about practicing medicine?

I like the unique position of being able to comfort patients immediately before their surgery and helping get them through surgery safely.
 

What is your most memorable patient story?

I once took care of a young, pregnant woman who was, unfortunately, diagnosed with breast cancer. She was scheduled for a mastectomy and was understandably terrified of having surgery while pregnant. I helped to coordinate her care among several specialists and developed an anesthetic plan that would minimize potential harm to her unborn baby. I can still remember the look of relief on her face when I checked in on her in the recovery room after a successful surgery.
 

What attracted you to work at Schneck Medical Center?

I knew Schneck was the perfect place for me after meeting many of the hospital employees during my interview day. From physicians and nurses to administrative and support staff, everyone was so warm, welcoming, and engaging. They made me feel like family.