In this week's edition of Making the Rounds, we spoke with Dr. Kamyar Asadipooya of the UK Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center, which is ranked No. 33 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for its comprehensive approach to diabetes treatment, education and research. As an endocrinologist, Dr. Asadipooya studies and treats hormone-related disorders, such as diabetes and thyroid disease. He also serves as an assistant professor of medicine in the endocrinology department and is deeply involved in research.
Why did you want to become a doctor?
When I was a child, I saw doctors who were interested in taking care of the patient and helping people. I realized that this is the best thing that I can do in my future.
How did you become interested in endocrinology?
I started to do research in the field of endocrinology. When I started to do research, I became more interested in this field and saw more patients in this field.
Endocrinology mainly deals with patients with diabetes, thyroid disease and obesity. The incidence of these diseases is high, and the complications are also high.
What do you like best about research?
It’s a responsibility in our job – we have to improve the quality of our practice. Research was one of the ways we could do that. I was thinking always, “How could I improve the practice of medicine?”
What's the best part of your job?
The best part of my job, I think, is interaction with patients. I think the most interesting part of the medical practice is when you help somebody, and they give you a positive response – it makes you happy. I think nothing can replace that.
Watch our full interview with Dr. Kamyar Asadipooya to learn more about the field of endocrinology and his patient care philosophy.