Get to Know the Doctor
What inspired you to become a physician?
I felt the best way to make a difference in people’s lives is to become a physician. To be a “healer” and not just cure diseases by giving time, attention and knowledge to the patient and family members motivated me to choose Family Medicine (encompasses taking care of patients from all age groups) as a specialty. Ability to apply science and humanism at the same time is available to only a few professions in the world and medical profession is the foremost in that area.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Listening to music, singing, going to gym, running, walking, martial arts all inspire me. I am planning to take up more hobbies including riding bike, swimming, and golf in the near future.
How do your patients describe you?
Most of my patients describe me as a caring, good listener, trustworthy, honest and straight talking. Some patients or families believe being bluntly honest and straight talking is not always appropriate and may not appreciate that approach. But overwhelming majority of my patients like the straight and honest approach which helps them make an informed decision in their personal care or care of a family member.
In your opinion, what’s the most important factor in a doctor-patient relationship?
Trust is the most important factor. A patient’s status should not affect the ability of their doctor to give an honest opinion about their medical condition and prospects for cure or healing of their medical problems. Some “very important person” (VIP) patients believe that they could get the most out of their doctor by emphasizing how important they are and trying to belittle their physician. This may not work in their best interests. Similarly I abhor the paternalistic approach by a physician to his patients.
What do you find most encouraging about the work you do?
I work in an acute care setting (Hospital physician) where I can see modern medicine at its best ability to quickly cure most patients and make a significant difference in the quality of life in many patients. We have very quick turnover of patients in this field and we can see instant positive results with good levels of patient satisfaction with the care they received in most situations.
The variety of work available to do, which includes patient care, teaching etc. also helps in keeping one engaged in the work and makes it enjoyable.
Having a very receptive and supportive hospital administration makes TMH a great place to work.
Of course, there is always room for improvement and we strive towards achieving the best for our patients.
I believe, in general, this approach to professional life will help a physician to have a satisfactory career.
Do you have any advice for the patients who see you?
I would strongly encourage my patients to trust their hospitalist physician (many of them meeting them for the first time) to have a reasonable amount of knowledge and ability. It is important to understand that all the physicians in the hospitalist group have been screened extensively by the hospital administration before they were hired. All of us are board certified in their specialty, which brings them to a high standard. We are also constantly engaged in continuing medical education activities or other training to bring the state-of –the art standard medical care available anywhere in the world to you locally in your own hospital at Tallahassee. Have patience and work with your doctor in obtaining the best and honest professional opinion. Also, building a good rapport with your physician will help you get very personalized care and your hospitalist will be more that willing to accommodate many of your care needs and co-ordinate your care with subspecialty support as required.
What about your line of work do you find most rewarding and why?
As mentioned previously, ability to be a “healer” is a total stranger’s life by applying science and humanism is only available to medical professionals and I find that very rewarding experience in my career.
What’s your proudest moment as a doctor?
I had the opportunity to save many critical patients’ life and also improve quality of life of many of my patients. When a grateful patient or family member acknowledges my work, those moments are my proudest moments and I hope and pray those moments keep coming!
What can your patients expect from you as their doctor?
As mentioned earlier, they can expect a caring, honest and straight talking doctor who they can trust to give the best possible opinion in any situation. If the problem is beyond my scope of practice, they can be assured that I will coordinate their care to get the best subspecialty help that they might need while in Tallahassse Memorial hospital.
Is there anything more or extra you would like prospective patients to know about you?
Do you have any specific medical interests?
I am board certified in Integrative Holistic Medicine and also have training in “Functional medicine”. My other interests include Sleep Medicine and Geriatrics.
I am also very keen in teaching activities for future healers and actively take part in any Clinical Research opportunities, as they are available in my workplace. I hope and pray those opportunities and challenges are available abundantly.