What led you to choose a career as a health care provider?
I knew I wanted to go into medicine since I was a kid. I became more and more passionate about it as I got older. I lived in different parts of the world growing up because my dad was working for the embassy, so we traveled. We lived in Africa, the U.S., Japan, all over. And I saw, obviously, the disparities [in healthcare] traveling from country to country to country.
What’s an interesting fact about yourself that patients might be surprised to learn?
I run a nonprofit organization, providing medical service and education supplies around the world. The reason I started the foundation was my older brother passed away. In his memory, I started the Ousman Koro Ceesay Foundation. He was really a driver for education for young people, so the foundation has two branches: the medical side, which is my passion, and the education side.
What do you find most rewarding about working with patients?
Helping patients achieve their goals, whether it is being a bit healthier, losing weight or just getting their diabetes or high blood pressure in control. It’s very rewarding to end up where they’re doing really well.
How do you enjoy spending your free time?
I love travelling around the world and experiencing difference cultures and people. I’m a foodie at heart.