Kevin R. Loughlin
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

The Blade

The blade slashes through the skin

Not in violence

But in cure

It is held not by an assailant

But by a surgeon


The same instrument

But with such cross purposes

As a surgeon, I know the fear and anticipation

That proceeds the strike

Assailants must feel the same


Ironic, violence and healing

Both take training and skill

Mysteries both, which I will never fully understand

My privilege is to hold the scalpel and not the knife

And help, if I can

KEVIN R. LOUGHLIN, MD,MBA was born in New York City and raised on Long Island. He received a B.A. from Princeton University, a M.D. from New York Medical College, a MBA from Boston University and a MA(Hon) from Harvard University. He has been a member of the division of urology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital since 1983. He is a trustee of the American Board of Urology and a member of the board of directors of the American Urological Society.