Why I became a doctor:
I was 18 years old, in the peak of physical condition, working as a lifeguard in the summer when I suddenly became very ill. I underwent several investigations, repeatedly and finally was misdiagnosed and had unnecessary surgery. I then was somehow introduced to a world famous gastroenterologist who diagnosed me instantly and inspired me to be a doctor. I felt the world needed more caring and good physicians and I wanted to be like him. At the very end of my training, in electrophysiology, I met my second star, my mentor, who is world renowned but reminds me to be humble and “never take ourselves too seriously”.
My main principles in medicine are similar to the rules of life. Treat patients like you would treat your own family. Always try to do the right thing for your patient even if it is difficult to do because of obstacles imposed by insurance companies. Remember what it is like to be a patient.
Please keep in mind I started the group on my own for several years. I have insisted that certain principles be upheld, keeping in mind that every doctor is an individual and has his own style .
Other physicians operate with different ethical guidelines. We are often asked why we don’t do the same, but the answer is simple; we discuss issues and if it does not go along with our basic beliefs, we follow our own path.