Interview with Dr. Rommel Asagwara (@iamdrrommel)

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

My love for people as a doctor made it imperative for me to care for their health, especially concerning how they look and feel.

Can you share the most interest in what exciting happened to you since you started doing this?

A patient of mine couldn’t stop crying with tears of joy when she finally realized that her blood pressure and diabetes had dramatically improved after she lost weight and she needed to be taken off her meds; and she kept repeating, “can you believe this? I am free”. That reminded me of the meaningful impact we make on people’s lives.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?

The best way for other doctors to keep the fire burning is to give themselves as much care and love as they give to their patients. Physicians often leave themselves out of that self-care equation to their detriment.

None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

Dr. Robert Rosa, one of the vice deans at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, was pivotal in encouraging me to return to the USA to become a physician. He ensured I would thrive here after supervising my clinical rotation as a visiting medical student in Chicago from France. That set the motion for me to take all the necessary steps to move down here. I am glad to have him as a mentor who inspired and continues to inspire me.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I advocate for people without a voice either because they have been shut out or told they didn’t have a voice to speak up and ask for what they deserve in different aspects of their lives by speaking up. Using my life experiences, I motivate young adults to dream big and never limit themselves.

Do you have a favorite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

Never say never; if you want it, then go for it. What matters most isn’t how, or when you started, it is the journey and what you learn before you get to your destination. My life has been a roller coaster of living on several continents and adapting to several situations but never losing track of my core identity and destination to touch people in a meaningful way.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Instagram or TikTok: iamdrrommel

Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article? 

My team and I put a lot of emphasis on people and make their encounters with our fun and memorable by using a personalized approach to get them to their goals.