Dr. Mohammed Moinuddin

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Dr. Mohammed Moinuddin, unretired doctor

Who I am…

My full name is Mohammed Moinuddin and I’m originally from India from the city known as Hyderabad. I have been practicing nuclear medicine for the past 40 years or so and I retired about three years ago.

I unretired…

When I retired, I thought, I’m going to enjoy my retirement because I worked hard and I was 71 when I retired, but after four or five months I realized that I had too much of time. So I decided to unretire and I started doing volunteer work and clinic jobs here and there. Unretirement, I like it.

What led me here…

I got interested in patient care and there was one particular physician in my city … and I was kind of impressed by his personality and his reputation and the type of practice that he had and that’s how I decided to go into medicine.

How faith plays a role in my wprk…

I am a Muslim by faith and I’m pretty strong in the practice of Islam and I do believe that faith plays a very important role in the practice of medicine. Above all, I do believe that it is God that really puts in the effect of treatment in that medicine and therefore, as far as I’m concerned, faith plays a very important role in the practice of medicine.

I define healthcare as…

How do I define the healthcare here in, in the United States? I have to divide it in two, kind of two parts. One is that I am very happy with the kind training that the physicians get in this country. In general I strongly believe that the quality of physicians that this country produces is terrific, it’s very good indeed.

But at the same time, I am a little unhappy about the practice of medicine. The United States spend more money than any other country in the world on the healthcare system and yet their quality of healthcare is not as good as in some of the other industrialized nations in, in the world.

Healthcare does not necessarily just means absence of disease. It also means that the person should be happy, should be satisfied, and should be able to lead a life that is productive.

One of Memphis’ greatest healthcare challenges is…

The challenges for the Memphians are quite a few, I must say that.

Just to give a few examples, infant mortality in Shelby County at one time, a few years ago, used to be number one. And there, another negative is that Memphis was declared as the fattest city in the country in the sense that 34% of Memphians have a BMI of, of more than 31.

So it has many, many problems and we need to take care of all these problems here in Memphis.

But what Memphis healthcare is doing right is…

I think it is increasing the awareness that we need to improve our health situation here in Memphis.

The biggest challenge in my healthcare work is…

The challenges that sometimes I face is why there is increasing awareness of obesity and other negative factors—presence of diabetes, higher incidents of hypertension, etc.—in the city. Still there need to be more awareness because some of the people are not quite aware of it and therefore it should be brought to their knowledge.

The greatest reward in my healthcare work is…

The greatest rewards that I can feel is that if I have a good, compliant patient, when I ask them, “Your BMI is about 32 and let’s try to bring it down to at least the lower level,” and if it drops to, say, 29, although 29 is still high and still overweight, but at least the patient has dropped from the level of obesity to being under it. And then, further talking the patient into decreasing the BMI and he or she then drops to, to say 27, 26, and finally comes to even just at the upper limits of normal of 24. This gives me intense pleasure and total satisfaction in the practice that I am doing something for the patient.

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