Cardiologist, Chattanooga Heart Institute
Such a large part of my life is being a Father, and I absolutely love every moment of it.
Q: Is there a person that you look up to that inspires the career moves you’ve made so far? This can be a person you know, or a public figure (dead or alive).
A: My Dad. As a young boy, he instilled in me an unwavering foundation to work hard and persevere. Those are the qualities that allowed him to professionally succeed after a difficult emigration from South Africa to North America in the 1980s so that we would not have to grow up in the apartheid system. I have watched him work harder than anyone I know to this day, and that has driven me to always try my hardest, strive for perfection, and genuinely care about what I am doing.
Q: Is there something you learned as a child that taught you something profound that you carry with you as a young professional?
A: You get out of life what you put in.
Q: What is the hardest lesson you’ve learned in your career so far?
A: You will never please everyone. There is such a variation in opinions, perceptions, backgrounds, and experiences that it is essentially impossible to make everyone happy. That used to bother me immensely because I generally like to make people happy. Over time, I’ve learned that it is okay if you can’t please everyone.
Q: If you were to write an autobiography, what would it be titled?
A: Keep on Trekking
Q: If you knew you would be forced to leave Chattanooga in 1 year from today, what would you like to accomplish here before you go?
A: Chattanooga rocks – we are blessed to live in such an incredible place. If I had to leave in 1 year, I would want to leave some lasting impression on our local restaurants and eateries to become more health-conscious. Although we are a physically active city, we have a very high rate of heart disease and obesity, and a lot of that stems from Southern food options.