Over the past couple weeks we’ve met the more personal sides of Dr Michael Gordon and Dr Paul Lento. Next to answer our questions is Nomen Azeem, MD, an Interventional Pain Management physician here at SOA.
What inspired you to become a physician?
I have always felt that providing care to improve a person’s health or to save a person’s life is not just a noble occupation but also carries a great responsibility to provide comfort and assurance to people in many times their most vulnerable moments.
Why Interventional Pain Management?
The debilitating effects of chronic pain physically, mentally, and psychosocially are many times overlooked or discounted. I believe that Interventional Pain Medicine is one of the most rewarding fields in medicine because in addition to providing treatment for chronic pain patients, you provide hope that can really impact their lives.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the candid moments of elation that I witness in patients that have received significant pain relief following an Interventional Pain Procedure.
What is your biggest challenge?
Convincing some patients that there are options to treat pain that are safer and more effective than opioid pain medications.
If I weren’t an orthopedic physician I’d be a __________________.
I’d be an entrepreneur.
Your proudest moment?
It’s a tie between, my wedding day, the birth of my first child, and the birth of my second child.
Where is the most interesting place you’ve travelled? Why?
My wife and I traveled to Istanbul, Turkey for our first international trip after being married and it was amazing! The mesh of cultures from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East was astounding. I would highly recommend Istanbul as a top travel destination.
Any hobbies? Activities?
I love to spend time with my family. Beyond that, anything athletic or working out helps to pass the time.
What’s your next adventure?
An international trip with the kids.
Your guilty pleasure food?
Anything with a staple ingredient being coconut.
Dr Nomen Azeem is Fellowship Trained and Double Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Pain Management”. You may read his medical biography by visiting our website here. To make an appointment with Dr Azeem, call 941-951-2663. Sarasota Orthopedic Associates has 13 physicians across 4 locations (Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Venice, and Bradenton) and we offer same day appointments when needed. Our commitment is to get our patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life.