Faces of Cedars-Sinai: Physician Assistant Shawn Bond
Jun 15, 2020 Cedars-Sinai Staff
"My inspiration to compete grew from an early age. My father was a Navy SEAL. So, I was inspired to push myself to be my best and to enjoy every challenge."
We sat down with Shawn to discuss his impressive background in martial arts, triathlons and the connection between his extracurricular activities and professional expertise.
What is an average day like for you?
Shawn Bond: On an average day, I wake up at 4:30 a.m. with clothes packed in my car from the evening prior, grab my energy drink blend and head out the door for the gym. My early morning workouts are either a long swim, weight training, core work or conditioning. After a quick shower and coffee, I head to the office or the hospital for clinic or surgery. I often do not return home until after sunset. Time permitting, I meet my kids at the taekwondo studio for some additional training.
How long have you been practicing martial arts?
SB: I have been practicing martial arts on and off since I was a child. I am currently a second-degree black belt in taekwondo. I have also studied Kenpo Karate and Krav Maga.
What inspired your passion for athletics?
SB: My inspiration to compete grew from an early age. My father was a Navy SEAL. So, I was inspired to push myself to be my best and to enjoy every challenge. Both of my children are black belts in taekwondo, and collectively we compete in adventure racing. In addition to martial arts and adventure racing, I am also a triathlete. To date, I have completed eight Iron Man triathlons.
What advice do you have for people interested in athletic competitions?
SB: Whether you are looking to take up triathlons, martial arts or adventure racing, my advice is always the same: First, commit! If you are not 100% ready—both body and mind—for the challenges that lie ahead, you will not succeed. Second, have a plan. Do your research and write down what is important to you and what you hope to accomplish or to gain. You can also join a club and find like-minded individuals to share in your journey. I like to set small, attainable goals, and when accomplished, I reward myself. Then set another goal, and so on.
Are there any similarities between your athletic endeavors and role at Cedars-Sinai?
SB: There are many parallels between working in healthcare and competing in athletics. It requires focus, determination and a steadfast attitude. As healthcare professionals, we must overcome long days, adapt to challenging patient circumstances and welcome unforeseen stressors.
Sports are no different. Whether it be martial arts, adventure racing or triathlons, challenges are present. Days and nights can be long, brutal, lonely and painful. In the end, we will all persevere— constantly moving forward, and ultimately, crossing the finish line.