Treating and helping patients who are in pain and then seeing them smile and tell him that he has helped alleviate their pain is what counts most for internist Soham P. Jhaveri, D.O.
“I get up every day ready to make real changes in my patients’ lives,” says Dr. Jhaveri who sees patients at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) Fremont Center.
Dr. Jhaveri provides traditional and non-traditional treatment choices, such as osteopathic manipulation and acupuncture, for his patients.
Learn more about Dr. Jhaveri in this video, which is part of a series highlighting the diverse voices of PAMF physicians.
For Marie E. Ribeiro, M.D., the greatest reward of being a pediatrician is when patients she took care of when they were growing up bring back their own children to see her.
“Being a pediatrician is a humbling experience,” says Dr. Ribeiro who sees her young patients at PAMF’s Daly City Pediatrics office on Sullivan Avenue in Daly City. “I know that parents are taking what is most precious in their lives, their children, and entrusting them to my care. When they then become parents themselves and then bring their own children back to me – that’s something very special!”
Find out more about Dr. Ribeiro’s philosophy of care in this video, which is part of a series highlighting the diverse voices of PAMF physicians.
Whether his patients need reassurance or a life-saving treatment, surgeon Randolph Wong, M.D., takes each concern to heart. “I want every patient to feel that whatever problem they have – big or small – it is serious to me,” he says in this video, which is part of a series highlighting the diverse voices of PAMF physicians.
Dr. Wong lives and works in San Mateo County and often sees his patients at the grocery store, the farmer’s market or his children’s schools. “You realize how close-knit the community really is, and how important it is to treat each patient like a member of your family. I feel like the community I live in is part of my family.”
Paul Jackson, M.D., neurosurgeon at the Palo Alto Center, always wanted to be a brain surgeon. “I’ve loved every minute of it, ” he says. “I’ve enjoyed research, clinical medicine and working at PAMF, which allows me to provide extraordinary medical care.”
Neurological conditions can be very complicated for patients to understand, Dr. Jackson says in this video, which is part of a series highlighting the diverse voices of PAMF physicians.. “It’s very difficult for people to become experts at their own disease fast enough to make the right decision. I try to help them through.”
Neurosurgeon Stephen Ryu, M.D., makes every effort to stay abreast of his challenging field of medicine. “Neurosurgery is an amazing specialty that requires treatment of simple to very complex problems,” Dr. Ryu says. “There is never a dull day at work for me. It’s a challenge to stay on top of all the developments and technologies, but I feel I owe it to my patients to do so.”
While he is dedicated to the science of neurosurgery, he feels strongly about the personal connection he has with his patients. “People often come to me with concerns about their health, having been diagnosed with a condition of the brain or spine,” he says, “so my first job is to understand their feelings before I even address what brought them in.” Often his patients can be treated with non-surgical options. When surgery is required, trust is paramount. “I want my patients to know that my care team and I will be there for them through the journey,” Dr. Ryu says in this video, which is part of a series highlighting the diverse voices of PAMF physicians.
Making a difference in her patients’ lives is what Grace Peace Yu, M.D., finds most rewarding about her work.
“I recently I took care of a patient who had chronic sinusitis and allergies,” says Dr. Yu, an allergist and immunologist who sees adult and pediatric patients at PAMF’s Dublin, Fremont and Mountain View Centers. “I put her on some antibiotics and treated her allergies. When I called her she told me that she can now breathe through her nose, sleep at night, feels more awake during the day and is doing great. It was so rewarding to hear that she is much better thanks to my care.”
Dr. Yu also values the long-term relationships she builds with her patients.
“Being able to laugh and joke with my patients, celebrate their major life achievements, comfort them in times of need and improve the quality of their lives through my care is what’s most important to me.”
Get to know Dr. Yu in this video, which is part of a series highlighting the diverse voices of PAMF physicians.