Doctor's 900-mile commute STROGER HOSPITAL | Volunteer flies in from South Dakota once a month
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
by Monifa Thomas
Most days, Dr. Marc Boddicker has a 10-minute commute to his
dermatology practice in western South Dakota. But once a month he flies
more than 900 miles to Chicago to volunteer at the dermatology clinic at
Boddicker, who specializes in medical and surgical dermatology, has
been volunteering at the hospital two days a month for the past two
He's one of about 200 doctors and nurses a year who come to Stroger
to volunteer. Boddicker stands out because he comes from so far away.
The Iowa native owns a Citation jet that he flies to the Gary/Chicago
International Airport for his visits.
"I get in Wednesday night, I work 10 to 12 hours on Thursday and 10
to 12 hours on Friday, and then I go and get to the airport and go
home," Boddicker said of his routine.
Boddicker has known the chairman of Stroger's dermatology department,
Dr. Warren Piette, since meeting him while a resident at the University
of Iowa 27 years ago.
During a trip to Chicago to see his youngest son, who is a student at
Northwestern University, Boddicker approached Piette about volunteering
In addition to seeing patients, Boddicker also gives lectures to the
clinic's dermatology residents.
He said the types of infectious diseases he encounters at Stroger are
significantly different from what he sees at his practice in Rapid
"Tuberculosis and leprosy: I can say in 26 years in western South
Dakota, I have not seen either," Boddicker said. "Whereas at an
institution like this in a bigger, urban area, those are more common.
It's a good experience for me in that it gives me a wider exposure
At the same time, Boddicker is able to expose the residents at
Stroger to different treatment approaches.
"The coolest thing is that he offers a different point of view from a
private-practice perspective," said Dr. Hal Weitzbuch, one of the
dermatology residents Boddicker sees during his visits. "I wish he was
here more often."
Boddicker said he rarely does any sightseeing in Chicago.
"I come here to teach and see patients, and I'm happiest doing that,"