Dr Jemaar Graham is a Board Certified Podiatrist and trained to treat all problems related to the foot and ankle with both conservative and traditional modalities. He is a native of Lakeland, FL and joined SOA in May. We’re pleased to welcome him to our family and asked him to give us some insight into what motivates him.
What inspired you to become a physician? I’ve wanted to be a physician since early childhood. I accompanied my mother as she was seen by a podiatrist while I was in elementary school. After the nurses that worked there gave me a tour of the clinic, I knew it was what I wanted to do. In the following years I shadowed other Podiatrists, and studied bio-physics and knew Podiatry was a great fit for me.
Why orthopedics? I enjoy working with my hands and have an interest spatial reasoning. In many ways orthopedics is like being a carpenter. Thinking in three dimensions, solving problems and putting broken pieces back together again was much more attractive to me than other medical specialties.
What do you love most about your job? Seeing the relief on patient’s faces after treatment. There’s a sense of hope and restoration that comes from patients when overcoming something that was ailing them; it’s an honor to contribute to that.
What is your biggest challenge? Insurance companies and costs. There are many ways we as physicians could better treat patients if costs and payments were such an inhibiting factor.
If I weren’t an orthopedic physician I’d be a: Radiologist…maybe. Imaging and interpretation are a fascinating part of patient care. I think I would grow bored though
Your proudest moment? Seeing my daughter thrive and do well in anything she sets her mind to.
Where is the most interesting place you’ve travelled? Why? Ghana. It was a blessing and honor to see the country of ancestors that is still filled with so much love and contentment.
Any hobbies? Activities? Photography
What’s your next adventure? Becoming a father of two daughters
Your guilty pleasure food? New York style cheesecake or red velvet Learn more about Dr Graham here. You may also make an appointment through our website or by calling 941-951-2663. Sarasota Orthopedic Associates has three locations and offers same day/next day appointments when needed.