Every day, our doctors go above and beyond to help our communities heal. On March 30, we celebrate Doctors’ Day, expressing our appreciation to those who care for us and guide us to maintain a healthy lifestyle all year round.
This year we asked Sarah Aftab Ahmad, MD, FACS, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon with St. Francis Medical Group, to share about her career journey and work. Dr. Ahmad has been part of our ministry for nearly four years. She shared her thoughts on being a doctor.
1. What inspired you to pursue a career in medicine/healthcare? Why did you choose your specialty?
As far back as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a surgeon. With increasing fascination of the physiology and pathology of the heart, cardiac surgery was a natural progression.
2. Have there been any challenges you’ve faced and overcome in your career journey?
I have been blessed with great surgical mentors throughout my journey. But on a personal level, my family has played the most instrumental role in making me the person I am today.
3. What do you like most about being a doctor?
I love the fact that I can serve our community and help patients in improving their quality of life.
4. If you weren’t a doctor, what would you do?
I can’t envision myself in any other field. Maybe James Bond. ????
5. Why did you choose St. Francis Medical Group?
God chose this for me. Who was I to fight it ????? On a serious note, I liked the area and the people I met while visiting that encouraged me to choose this group.
6. How do you ensure your patients feel heard during their visit?
I spend quality time with each patient and their family and encourage them to ask as many questions as needed to understand their condition and treatment. I also provide them with contact information for 24/7 concerns.
7. What is something that people may be surprised to know about you?
What I do is not a job, it’s a passion. It’s a challenging field. I am very privileged to have a great team to help us succeed.