Why did you decide to become a physician?
I first became interested in medicine after becoming ill with acute watery diarrhea in my home village in South Sudan. At that time I was in middle school and was taken to the local hospital because of dehydration. There were no doctors in the village and it was the nurses and medical assistants that took care of everybody in the hospital. I later realized that there were not enough doctors to care for everyone in South Sudan. In high school, I became very interested in the biology of the human body and that’s when I reaffirmed my desire to study medicine. In 1983 a civil war broke out in Sudan, and in 1988, I left for exile. I came to the USA in 1990. I was fortunate to have a family who asked me what I wanted to do. I immediately told them that I wanted to become a doctor. They took me to the local community college and that’s where it all started.
What are your clinical areas of interest?
My interests include diabetes, hypertension, sports medicine and arthritis.
What is your philosophy of patient care?
Good bedside manner and treat each patient as you would want to be treated.
How do you spend your free time? (family, hobbies, interests, volunteer activities, etc.)
Mostly running around with the children either for soccer practices or games. I like gardening and eating out, as well as playing scrabble, but my wife always wins. I also like going for both local and international medical missions.
Provide an interesting anecdote about you.
I was the first college graduate from my village in South Sudan. Both of my parents were illiterate.