They call me “Doctor’s son,” even though I am a doctor now
health enews asked Dr. Aamir Memon, “Who or what inspired you to become a doctor?”
My dad inspired me, as he was a physician, and I saw firsthand how everyone in the community respected him so much.
My father, Dr. Adam Memon, was the first physician in our family and the first one to get college education out of a family of businessmen. He grew up and studied in Pakistan and when I was born he was practicing medicine in Libya. He has also practiced in Saudi Arabia and is now retired and living with my family here in the United States, though he still would like to practice in his 70s!
We used to live out in the countryside in Libya, and whenever we went home all the neighbors and community members greeted and cheered for us. My dad was like a superstar, and they and my family would only use him as their physician. From the time I was little there is nothing else I wanted to be except being a doctor and taking care of others. So, after high school in the United States I went back to Pakistan to study at the same medical school my dad had graduated from over 50 years ago.
Even now when I visit the community where my father was from they call me “Doctor’s son”, even though I am a doctor now.
My dad has always been generous, courteous and very caring and always does so much for others. He was, and is still, an inspiration for me.
About the Author
Dr. Aamir Memon is a nephrologist at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Ill.