In honor of National Doctors’ Day tomorrow, we wanted to share our providers’ experiences. We chatted with a diverse group of physicians to hear their meaningful, impactful stories in their own words and straight from the heart.
“I have a wealth of patients who are from different backgrounds. I love to hear what people have to tell me about how they came to where they are now. Because my story is also unique, and that has helped me connect with patients and understand the socioeconomic and cultural barriers they have to care about, such as if they can’t afford medicine, or have a different set of beliefs about what pills can do to you, or procedures.” – Azita Moalemi, MD | Amelia Heart and Vascular Center
“I feel every day it’s a privilege to be in this position to help other people daily. And to feel like you have some control over your day-to-day too. That’s what you get as a private practice physician, versus a hospital physician. In the hospital setting you sometimes don’t have a lot of control over your day-to-day. Here in private practice, we can have things run the way that we imagine them or that we think is the most efficient way without a lot of the bureaucracy involved.” – Sonal Patel, MD | Magnificent Minds Neurology Center
“If I could change healthcare I would put it in the hands of patients. Just like auto insurance, if you have a good driving record then your insurance stays at the same price. If you improve your health, or you stay healthy, then your cost will go down. I feel like patients can have some responsibility for their own health and for their own life. Unfortunately, we don’t have an incentive system for the patients. They might have an incentive where they save $200 if they go to their primary care doctor for a physical, but the incentive to live healthier is not that great financially. Healthcare costs continue to rise. We need to do something as a population to improve the health of the community.” – Viet Nguyen, DO | Fairfax Clinic
“Being flat out honest and open with somebody and getting a flat out, honest, and open response, unfortunately, is something that we don’t see much of in the world nowadays. And it’s one of the reasons why I truly enjoyed being in medicine, because it all laid out on the table when you were in a patient’s room.” – Fred Taweel, MD | Internal Medicine Associates of Reston