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Voices of Experience

By: Merge magazine's editorial advisory board
Posted: June 23, 2010, from the July 2010 issue of
Three physicians with hands in the center on top of each other

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
Joseph M. Gryskiewicz, MD, FACS

I admire anyone running a large corporation, because I know how difficult it is just running a small corporation.
Jason Pozner, MD

I’ve always relied upon my parents and family for not only inspiration, but also for support, and that hasn’t changed over time. It’s been a constant in my life and will always remain important to me. Whereas in other parts of your life you always have people who come and go, it’s important to keep your family close and remind yourself of their role in your everyday life in order to remain grounded.
Joel Schlessinger, MD

One person I really admire is a patient of mine who I’ve seen over the years for skin cancer and who is a survivor from a World War II concentration camp. He tells me, when I ask about it, the most horrible stories, things I don’t know how anyone could survive. He came to Canada with nothing, his family had all perished, and he made a life for himself—got married, had a family, and worked to overcome that. He has numbers tattooed on his arm from his time in the concentration camp, so whenever I see them, I think about how strong he is and how I’m not sure I could be that strong.
Nowell Solish, MD, FRCPC

Someone I really admire and have enjoyed learning from is B.K.S. Iyengar. He is a yoga instructor and teacher who also writes books and speaks on yoga and keeping a balanced life and a having balanced philosophy. I practice yoga in my daily life, so not only have I enjoyed learning from his teachings in that aspect, but I’ve also learned from him and his books about living life with compassion and understanding, as well as with passion and joy for the people around me.
Hema Sundaram, MD, FAAD