Here Are 8 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Minimally Invasive, Image-Guided Procedures (MIIPS)

WHAT ARE MIIPs?

MIIPs are cutting edge solutions...without the cutting! MIIPs are not surgery. By using medical images like x-rays to see inside the body, specialized doctors can treat major diseases through a pinhole.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM MIIPs?

MIIPs can treat adults and children with a wide variety of diseases throughout the body. MIIPs can also help patients after surgery or even help patients avoid surgery altogether.

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MIIPs AND MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY?

MIIPs are performed by specialized doctors called Interventional Radiologists, Interventional Cardiologists, and specially trained Vascular Surgeons. Other types of doctors may be specially trained to perform MIIPs, too.

MIIPs do not use cameras inside the body. Medical imaging allows these specialists to see inside the body from the outside. Patients usually go home with a Band-Aid just hours after the MIIP.

By contrast, minimally invasive surgery is performed by surgeons using cameras inside the body. Surgeons make several incisions large enough to place cameras and surgical instruments inside the body. One example is laparoscopic surgery.

To set up an appointment or have any questions, call MIMIT Health at (708) 486-2600.

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What if a doctor could save…your leg… your liver…your heart…your brain…your LIFE and send you home with only a bandaid?

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Every day, specialized doctors perform innovative procedures through pinholes in the skin, delivering life-changing treatments that allow patients to return to their lives with minimal interruption. Without a Scalpel is a fascinating glimpse inside the dramatic journeys of three patients who reclaim their lives through minimally invasive, image-guided procedures that they never knew existed.

The primary project to advance the mission of the Interventional Initiative is the documentary Without a Scalpel: the Secret World of Interventional Radiology. This is a sizzle reel of the full documentary, which is cosponsored by the Western Angiographic and Interventional Society. It introduces the public to minimally invasive, image guided procedures (MIIP) through the perspective of patients and their families. We chronicle the experience of four principal patients and several additional patients as they are diagnosed, treated, and recover from their procedures. These patients represent a sampling of the breadth of diseases and conditions treated by MIIP, including blocked veins in the legs and pelvis, blocked arteries in the legs, liver cancer and metastatic disease. In the documentary, we meet these patients and their families and also come to know the interventional radiologists who treat them: Dr. Brooke Spencer, Dr. Daniel Sze, Dr. Gregg Alzate, and Dr. Darren Klass. Moreover, the documentary tells the remarkable story of how, through the innovation of early interventional radiologists such as Charles Dotter and Josef Rosch, all of medicine has been pushed toward more minimally invasive solutions for medical problems.

Dr. Chopra is an accomplished Interventional Radiologist admired for his innovative, kind, authentic patient-centered care and a holistic approach to life. His care paradigm integrates the healing and nourishment of the spirit (soul), mind and the body.

Dr. Chopra’s philosophy is to provide cutting-edge healthcare that is most commonly found in the university setting and deliver it to the communities we reside in. Dr. Chopra is a renowned expert in his field and speaks nationally and internationally on various topics in Interventional Radiology, Endovascular Therapy, and Health Care Management.

To set up an appointment or have any questions, call MIMIT Health at (708) 486-2600.

To have MIMIT Health or Dr. Chopra speak at one of your events, please call MIMIT Health at (708) 486-2600.



The Indo-American Center (IAC) Appoints Dr. Romi Chopra to Board of Directors

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The Indo-American Center (IAC) announced the appointment of Dr. Romi Chopra, CEO and founder of MIMIT Health, to its board of directors effective January.

"True to our beliefs and mission, The MIMIT Health team and I are committed to, along with the IAC, to help the underprivileged in our communities,” Dr. Romi Chopra said. “The IAC serves people from the entire Chicagoland region, representing more than thirty nationalities from all over the world. MIMIT Health is proud to be a service to our community.”

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Dr. Chopra is an accomplished Interventional and Endovascular Specialist Associate Professor of Radiology at Rush University. Dr. Chopra has been featured in many medical and news media interviews and articles. Dr. Chopra speaks nationally and internationally on various topics in Interventional Radiology, Endovascular Therapy, and Health Care Management.

A graduate of the Seth Gordhandas Sunderas Medical College of Bombay University, Dr. Chopra completed his fellowship and residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. In addition to functioning as the Founder and CEO of the Midwest Institute of Minimally Invasive Therapies, Dr. Chopra is an Associate Professor of Radiology at Rush University in Chicago.

Dr. Chopra is an active member of several professional societies including the Society of Interventional Radiology, the Radiology Business Management Association, and the American Society of Physician Executives.

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About IAC

The Indo American Center (IAC) addresses the needs of South Asian immigrants as well as people from more than thirty nations the world over. IAC provides services that facilitate their adjustment, integration, and friendship with the wider society, nurture their sense of community, and foster appreciation for the diversity of culture and heritage.

IAC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. As a secular social service agency, IAC does not discriminate on the basis of language, race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin. Its programs are funded through philanthropic and government grants, individual donations, and earned income.

The Indo-American Center (IAC) was founded in 1990 by a group of Indian immigrants in response to the needs of Chicago’s growing South Asian immigrant population. The founders of IAC were individuals who had worked hard to attain success in America, and they were driven by the desire to help others adjust to a new country far from home.   The founders established the guiding mission of the Indo American Center:

…to promote the well being of South Asian immigrants through services that facilitate their adjustment, integration and friendship with the wider society, nurture their sense of community, and foster appreciation for their heritage and culture

IAC’s programmatic offerings also expanded to address the growing range of needs. In 1996, to accommodate this growth, the agency purchased the two-story building at 6328 N. California which continues to serve as its headquarters.

Since its beginnings, the Indo-American Center has welcomed people of any nationality or creed. The agency serves over 30,000 from over 35 countries people annually and provides comprehensive support through the following interrelated programs and services.

 

If You're Going To Make One Change In 2019, Make It This...

The new year has arrived, and that means many of us are wondering what we can do in 2019 to better support our health. Should we sign up for that yoga studio membership? Start establishing a healthy morning routine? Try Whole30 or a doctor-approved detox program? There are countless ways to improve our health and, therefore, endless options to choose from.

But what if I told you that there was one change that would be, for lack of a better word, a game-changer? It's incredibly simple and also difficult as hell to implement—but some of our experts say it might just transform your health.

It's going to bed at 10 p.m.

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Why you should be going to bed at a more "natural" hour.

Before you think of a thousand reasons why you shouldn't make this change, hear me out. The case for an early bedtime is a strong one. For starters, it's more "natural" to do it this way. According to Ellen Vora, M.D., a holistic psychiatrist and mindbodygreen Collectivemember, "Start to notice that your body experiences a wave of feeling tired approximately three hours after sunset. Shockingly, this is actually the appropriate bedtime, not later. Start to listen for your body's tired signs around 10 or 10:30 p.m., and take that as a cue to brush your teeth and crawl into your cozy bed."

So what will this do for your health? According to Dr. Vora, who is frequently suggesting that her patients get to bed early in honor of their mental health, "This will prevent your body from getting 'overtired,' when you release the stress hormone cortisol and hit a second wind of energy. When you try to push against cortisol to fall asleep, you toss and turn and your mind races. No fun. Prevent this by swooping yourself to bed at the sweet spot of tiredness, right around 10 p.m."

You've probably heard of the circadian rhythm, but did you know it's actually ruled by the hormones cortisol and melatonin? It's true. Cortisol peaks in the morning to get you up and out of bed, and then it's supposed to fall in the evening as melatonin rises. Supporting this natural rhythm is critical to getting high-quality sleep. In fact, honoring your circadian rhythms—and your daily fluctuations in the hormones cortisol and melatonin—is one of our 2019 Wellness Trends to Watch at mindbodygreen.

Supporting this natural rhythm is critical to getting high-quality sleep. In fact, honoring your circadian rhythms—and your daily fluctuations in the hormones cortisol and melatonin—is one of our 2019 Wellness Trends to Watch at mindbodygreen.

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40 Health Resolutions Doctors Want You to Keep in 2019 brought to you by MIMIT Health

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The end of the year is a popular time for reflection and making plans for the year ahead. Different surveys show different numbers, but the undisputed consensus is that most resolutions fail by February. The reasons for “Quitters’ Day,” which falls on the second Friday in January, vary with every individual. However, some goals are worth keeping.

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is also the hardest to keep. Exercising is a challenge because it’s hard to stick with. “It really is a lifestyle change because of the amount of effort you have to put in,” Alyson Pidich, medical director of the Ash Center, said. The best solution to the problem is to just start moving more and progressively increase the the amount of daily physical activity.

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The biggest mistake people make when planning health goals for the following year is focusing too much on “how” and not at all on “why,” according to Dr. Daryl Gioffre, a New York City nutritionist and author of “Get Off Your Acid.” Eating better and going to the gym are not sustainable unless you have a powerful motivation to eat better and go to the gym, he noted.

Gioffre suggested the SMART approach when listing resolutions — specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based goals. You have to make it really practical and convenient for your lifestyle, and you have to set a deadline. “A goal without a specific time is only a wish,” he added.

The following list, in no particular order, is based on interviews 24/7 Wall St. did with doctors who specialize in disciplines ranging from nutrition to internal medicine and cardiology. 

1. Visit your doctor

It’s shocking how many people are just not seeing a doctor because they either can’t get time off or don’t prioritize their health, Dr. Renee Dua, the chief medical officer and co-founder of Heal, noted. There are medical centers, including Heal, that are open on weekends or have doctors available after hours. “It is shocking how little effort people put into understanding their illness,” Nauman Mushtaq, MD, MS, medical director of cardiology, Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, said. “This is especially important for chronic diseases where a large part of staying healthy is lifestyle modifications.”

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2. Talk about mental health

Make sure you have a talk with your doctor about pressures you feel at work or home, about possible signs of depression you may be exhibiting, and about lack of sleep, if that’s an issue, Dua said. “Psychiatrists often don’t take insurance, which makes treatment very expensive, but [general practitioners] are the first step and can initiate treatment by talking about the problem and maybe prescribing medication,” she added.

3. Get screened for cancer

You don’t even need a referral for a mammogram if you’re older than 40, or for a colonoscopy if you’re 50 or older, so you really should get screened if you are over a certain age, especially if you have a family history of cancer. Annual lung cancer screening with low-dose computed imaging is also recommended for smokers, even if they have quit for years, and for people between 55 and 80, according to Dua.

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4. Check your cholesterol

It’s a mistake not to get your cholesterol checked if you are older than 35, Dua noted. Adults should check their cholesterol levels every four to six years, according to the CDC. High levels of the fatty substance in your blood, which show no symptoms, are a major contributor to heart disease, which is the No. 1 killer in the country. The body makes the cholesterol it needs, but people get extra amounts from the foods, such as fatty meats, they consume.

Read Complete Article here to read the rest of the 40 health resolutions.

We Wish You a Happy Holiday and New Year Filled with Health, Happiness, and Spectacular Success...from MIMIT Health

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What a Wonderful, Magical Time of Year...

Everyone here at MIMIT Health would like to wish you a happy and healthy holiday along with a prosperous New Year! We thank you for your continued support and making us one of the fastest-growing independent multi-specialty physician groups in Illinois. We enjoy and take special pride in providing excellence in patient care, health care, research & medical education.

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We appreciate all our friends, family, partners, and patients for placing your confidence and trust in us. Serving you is a pleasure.

At MIMIT Health, we focus on our patients "living their best life" with healthy lifestyle strategies including nutrition, exercise and wellness solutions. We call this enlightened health care. 

In 2018, We have been focusing on building our best-in-class physician group and team, upgrading to the latest technologies available, and improving our entire MIMIT Health ecosystem to better serve our patients, partners and physician community.

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Year of Growth!

In the 4th quarter, we launched our new industry-leading website complete with clean and updated branding to better communicate what we at MIMIT Health love to do every day. And, every day, we strive for excellence in patient care, health care, medical research and education combined with minimally invasive treatments from our leading physicians and surgeons.  

Here’s a quick look at some recent updates:

  • In the Summer, we celebrated an important milestone in our history, our 15th anniversary

  • We continued to grow our services across Chicago

  • We welcomed Dr. Sameer Ahmed to our MIMIT Healthcare team

  • We are now in 35 nursing homes and adding more

  • We have a new website and online presence to serve our community better

  • All or our digital and traditional marketing will feature our new clean look and feel

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Joy to the world

Each day, we hear from patients, community members and physicians telling us how MIMIT is changing their worlds, big and small. These stories tell us that MIMIT is a part of something bigger than itself, and that’s what motivates us to build the best health care organization we can.

Our new branding and appearance reflects the focus, clarity, and confidence that MIMIT instills in our patients, their families, and that they, in turn, give back to us. We’re changing the way we provide health care, with the patient at the center, using the best technology the industry offers to further evolve our services. Come join us in our growth in 2019.

And once again, have a Magical Holiday season!

- The MIMIT Health Team

 

 

4 Tips for a Healthy Holiday While Avoiding Weight Gain from MIMIT Health

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4 Tips for a Healthy Holiday While Avoiding Weight Gain

Tip #1: Don’t Skip Meals

Saving your appetite for a big holiday party or feast? Don’t. Skipping meals during the day may result in overeating. It is especially important to have breakfast, as research shows that those who eat this important morning meal tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day. Include lots of fiber by eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Fiber-rich foods are high in volume and will satisfy hunger, but are lower in calories.

Tip #2: Eat Small Portions

Holiday meals tend to be large, buffet-style and include second and third helpings. While one might not eat an entire cake, a common mistake is eating large portions of foods that are perceived as healthy. It's important to include nutrient-rich foods in your diet, but also remember that these foods have calories as well and should be eaten in moderation. Using this approach at the holiday dinner table will allow you to maintain a healthful eating plan — one that can also include dessert.

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Tip #3: Pick a Strategy to Avoid Overeating — and Use It!

There are many strategies to help you avoid overeating. Using a smaller plate, for instance, allows you to put less food on your plate and encourages proper portion sizes. Also, start by filling your plate with vegetables and salad before going to the entrees and desserts. Eating a salad before your meal can help you eat fewer calories overall. Eat slowly and savor every bite, and before you go back for seconds wait 10 minutes to see if you really still are hungry.

Tip #4: Keep Moving

Finally, after dinner, get some physical activity. This is a great time to go for a walk and catch up with family members, or play catch or a game of basketball with the kids.

Thrive Global publishes interview “Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously. No Physician Has Healed Anything; The Body Heals Itself.” With Dr. Paramjit “Romi” Chopra

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Paramjit “Romi” Chopra, Founder and CEO of the Midwest Institute for Minimally Invasive Therapies. After becoming a physician at the mere age of 23 in India, he continued his fellowship at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He prides himself in his integration of western medicine with his holistic, eastern roots.

By Bianca L. Rodriguez, Ed.M, LMFT, An Authority on Spiritual Psychology + Mental Health

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path as a doctor or healer?

When I got out of medical school at the age of 17 I realized that I liked people and I wanted to solve their problems. I hated the idea of having someone suffer, so I was always finding a way to help people heal and feel better. I gravitated to it. Much like any other 17-year-old, I didn’t think of much specifically, and instead let life take me where I was meant to go.

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How have your personal challenges informed your career path?

My biggest challenge was getting to know not only myself, but how other people think and tick. I struggled with learning how to understand myself, other people, and adding values to their lives.

Can you share five pieces of advice to other physicians to help their patients to thrive?

  1. Don’t take yourself too seriously: no physician has healed anything; the body heals itself. We are merely the catalyst to help humans heal.

  2. High tech is here to stay, but mankind has not changed. The human feelings have not changed since we started to walk the earth. We have a spirit, mind, and body. Do not just focus on the body but focus on how the person feels as a whole. It is all interconnected. We feel before we think, so we have to connect to the patient’s feelings. The mind, the body and the spirit all have to heal together. It’s not about sitting down and praying, it’s about understanding how people see and what works for them.

  3. In today’s healthcare and the age of consumerism we want to be able to do things better, faster and cheaper. You always want a better outcome, faster than anybody else, and to make sure it’s cost effective. High tech is here, but when patients are being taken into a hospital, they’re spending a lot of money on being treated, but what happens when they go home? You have to think of the entire patient experience all the way to how it impacts their lives, not just how it is in your hospital or your office.

  4. Stay grounded.

  5. Continuously learn. If you’re standing still you’re losing ground. We must continuously be learning to find ways to add value to people’s lives while everything is changing around you. It is a process of discovering what we go through and to learn everything we can about life. At the end of the day it all comes down to one lesson: Preserve life and make it better.

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Healthy is Beautiful: The Relationship Between Health and Beauty with Dr. Romi Chopra

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In the current age of social media, it is easy to get caught up in skewed perceptions of our physical self. Societal ideals of beauty focus heavily on vanity, rather than what is truly important, the inner self. Rather than vanity, beauty is found in the things which make us happy and whole. But how does one recognize the importance of maintaining their health in order to change their perception of beauty?

Owning a practice with a focus on both physical and spiritual health, Dr. Paramjit “Romi” Chopra of MIMIT Health encourages patients to recognize their health as important and beautiful. Dr. Chopra combines both holistic and modern health practices, to treat the body as a vessel which needs the utmost quality of care. The meaning of beauty, he believes, is not limited to concepts of vanity, but exists within the person.

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Health is one of the most, if not the most, important thing we have in life so without our health, what do we have? Despite the ideals that have been instilled in us for decades from society and pop culture, there are ways to turn correct them and learn that being healthy is the best way to be beautiful. Dr. Chopra has tips on recalibrate the brain to that way of thinking.

Mind and body balance: When a person is able to find a balance between mind, body, spirit and emotion, there is harmony. If those four components fall out of balance, it can lead to negative effects on overall health. Through holistic and modern medicine, it is instilled through self-care and lifestyle how to strike that balance and maintain it. Finding this balance creates a harmony that projects inner and outer beauty

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Self-care: Self-care is key to learning that healthy equates to beauty because it allows one to be in tune with what their body is trying to tell them. It is about assessing what stressors and factors might be contributing to the cause of the aliments the body is fighting. If we are able to identify the outside factors, such as stress, lack of sleep, etc., then it is easier to take the steps to change those factors and find a level peace within oneself. When at peace, the inner health radiates out to reflect beauty on the outside.



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Lifestyle: Lifestyle is very similar to the act of self-care. While self-care is being aware of what the body is trying to tell us and correcting it, lifestyle is about incorporating self-care into everyday life to establish a continued balance. Maintaining a balanced lifestyle can consist of a number of components ranging from taking a daily prescription to adjusting diet and exercise routines. If there is nothing to release serotonin and endorphins the body will feel stagnant and heavy, which creates a negative outlook of self. With a balanced schedule that includes proper sleep schedules, exercise and eating right, the body will find its balance on the inside, which is exuded outward with clearer skin, better mood, etc.

Know yourself: Everyone is born with different bodies; tall, short, broad, lanky, etc. Being in tune with how your body helps us determine what will make you healthy. Finding not only a balance of diet and exercise that works for an individual body type, finding a balance of doing things on the day to day that makes you happy will help project your inner peace and beauty outwards. If we spend all our time working and not engaging in things that make us happy, the body will not only not be healthy but it won’t feel beautiful as a result. Burning the candle at both ends won’t work easy, balance is key.

Despite the standard of beauty set by society, there are a number of ways to correct that train of thought. Knowing that you are healthy should be the key to feeling beautiful, and being healthy is the key to projecting inner health outwards. Balance of mind, body and soul is one of the best ways to bring inner and outer beauty together in harmony. To be balanced and healthy is the new definition of being beautiful.

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To set up an appointment or have any questions, call MIMIT Health at (708) 486-2600.

To have MIMIT Health or Dr. Chopra speak at one of your events, please call MIMIT Health at (708) 486-2600.

MIMIT Health and Dr. Romi Chopra Invest Into Communities With The Gift Of Good Health

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"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about." – Margaret J. Wheatley


Health is the New Wealth
MIMIT Health invests into communities by partnering with local business, organizations, and community events. We promote health education and strategies for a healthy community.

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“A healthy community is a strong community”, Dr. Romi Chopra said. “We focus on our communities and invest in its people to educate and teach them how to ‘live their best life’ with healthy lifestyle strategies and wellness solutions.” Dr Chopra continues.

 Treat | Empower | Heal

Dr. Chopra is an accomplished Interventional Radiologist admired for his innovative, kind, authentic patient-centered care and a holistic approach to life. His care paradigm integrates the healing and nourishment of the spirit (soul), mind and the body.

Unifying his eastern roots and extensive western experience, Dr. Chopra combines the best of both worlds. His in-depth understanding of complex health conditions is backed by state-of-the-art treatment therapies, enabling him to deliver exceptional health care of the highest quality.

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Health is the Best Investment

MIMIT Health, Along with Dr Chopra, also set up a health fair booth to talk with members of the community about their health issues. face-to-face interaction with the community was a convenient way community members could set up much needed appointments with the MIMIT health care team.

MIMIT specializes in minimally invasive targeted treatments, that offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to traditional surgery. MIMIT's world-class doctors, surgeons and Interventionists manage conditions that once required surgery and today can be treated less invasively by our doctors.

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At MIMIT, we offer access to great new resources and technology, with physicians and specialists in many practice specialties at locations convenient for you. We welcome new patients to our healthcare family.

MIMIT Health is one of the fastest-growing independent multi-specialty physician groups in Illinois. We provide excellence in patient care, health care, research & medical education. 

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To set up an appointment or have any questions, call MIMIT Health at (708) 486-2600.

To have MIMIT Health or Dr. Chopra speak at one of your events, please call MIMIT Health at (708) 486-2600.

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“Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously. No Physician Has Healed Anything; The Body Heals Itself.” an Interview with Dr. Romi Chopra

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Medium.com sits down with Dr Romi Chopra for an interview…

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Paramjit “Romi” Chopra, Founder and CEO of the Midwest Institute for Minimally Invasive Therapies. After becoming a physician at the mere age of 23 in India, he continued his fellowship at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He prides himself in his integration of western medicine with his holistic, eastern roots.

- Bianca L. Rodriguez. Ed.M, LMFT

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path as a doctor or healer?

When I got out of medical school at the age of 17 I realized that I liked people and I wanted to solve their problems. I hated the idea of having someone suffer, so I was always finding a way to help people heal and feel better. I gravitated to it. Much like any other 17-year-old, I didn’t think of much specifically, and instead let life take me where I was meant to go.

How have your personal challenges informed your career path?

My biggest challenge was getting to know not only myself, but how other people think and tick. I struggled with learning how to understand myself, other people, and adding values to their lives.

Can you share five pieces of advice to other physicians to help their patients to thrive?

  1. Don’t take yourself too seriously: no physician has healed anything; the body heals itself. We are merely the catalyst to help humans heal.

  2. High tech is here to stay, but mankind has not changed. The human feelings have not changed since we started to walk the earth. We have a spirit, mind, and body. Do not just focus on the body but focus on how the person feels as a whole. It is all interconnected. We feel before we think, so we have to connect to the patient’s feelings. The mind, the body and the spirit all have to heal together. It’s not about sitting down and praying, it’s about understanding how people see and what works for them.

  3. In today’s healthcare and the age of consumerism we want to be able to do things better, faster and cheaper. You always want a better outcome, faster than anybody else, and to make sure it’s cost effective. High tech is here, but when patients are being taken into a hospital, they’re spending a lot of money on being treated, but what happens when they go home? You have to think of the entire patient experience all the way to how it impacts their lives, not just how it is in your hospital or your office.

  4. Stay grounded.

  5. Continuously learn. If you’re standing still you’re losing ground. We must continuously be learning to find ways to add value to people’s lives while everything is changing around you. It is a process of discovering what we go through and to learn everything we can about life. At the end of the day it all comes down to one lesson: Preserve life and make it better.

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Stop the flu virus in its tracks with this healthy habit

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As winter approaches, a much-touted — but often ignored — practice could help keep the flu and other contagious illnesses at bay.

The first week of December (Dec. 2-8) marks National Handwashing Awareness Week, a reminder that one of the defenses a person has against colds, flu and other viruses is good hand hygiene.

"The biggest benefit of washing hands is to be able to prevent the spread of germs," said David Morgan, spokesman for the New Mexico Department of Health. "You're protecting yourself, and you're protecting the people around you."

There's no shortage of places to pick up dirt and unwanted bacteria and viruses: Door handles, cell phones, money and handshakes are a few.

Four tips for good hand hygiene

The four principles of good hand hygiene, as stated by the Henry the Hand Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes the healthy habit, are: 

  • Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating.

  • Do not cough into your hands.

  • Do not sneeze into your hands.

  • Above all,do not put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth — a region of the face dubbed the "T-zone."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends these guidelines for washing your hands:

  • Use soap and water.

  • Lather and wash your hands for at least 15 seconds, not specifically 15 seconds.

  • The time it takes is less important than making sure you clean all areas of your hands.

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used when there is no visible dirt on the hands. The antimicrobial activity of alcohols can be attributed to their ability to denature proteins. They kill germs quickly and in a different way than antibiotics.

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers containing at least 60 to 95 percent alcohol are most effective at denaturing proteins

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Health is the new Wealth with Dr Chopra

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MIMIT Health is one of the fastest-growing independent multi-specialty physician groups in Illinois providing excellence in patient care, health care, research & medical education.

Here's Dr. Chopra fueling up for a busy day.

Specializing in minimally invasive, targeted procedures, MIMIT offers treatments that offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to traditional surgery.

Along with our industry-leading health care, we focus on our patients "living their best life" with healthy lifestyle strategies and wellness solutions.

Happy Thanksgiving from MIMIT Health!

Happy Thanksgiving!

With the Thanksgiving and holiday season upon us, we wish to express our appreciation to our friends, family, partners, and patients for placing your confidence and trust in us. Serving you is a pleasure.

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At MIMIT Health, we focus on our patients "living their best life" with healthy lifestyle strategies including nutrition, exercise, and wellness solutions.

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Dr. Romi Chopra Awarded Distinguished Physician Award And U.S. Congressional Medal For Outstanding Contributions And Excellence In Patient Care And Teaching

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Dr. Romi Chopra was honored with the Distinguished Physician Award and the U.S. Congressional Medal For Outstanding Contributions And Excellence In Patient Care And Teaching on Saturday, November 17, 2018, presented jointly by Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL) and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) at the 38th Indian American Medical Association Annual Gala Banquet.

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Dr. Romi Chopra was presented with the two awards for outstanding contributions in the field of Interventional Radiology and excellence in patient care and teaching.

“Dr. Chopra has excelled and made a difference in hundreds of people’s lives,” expressed the Indian American Medical Association-Illinois (IAMA-IL).

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Excellence in patient care and teaching are the cornerstone principles that help drive Dr. Chopra. Along with his in-depth understanding of complex patient conditions and passion for delivering care utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Chopra delivers exceptional patient care of the highest quality.

Respected for his innovative, kind, authentic patient-centered care and a holistic approach to life, Dr. Chopra offers a health care paradigm integrating the healing and nourishment of the spirit (soul), mind and the body. Combining his Eastern roots and extensive Western medical experience, Dr. Chopra unifies the best of both worlds.


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Dr. Chopra opened the Midwest Institute for Minimally Invasive Therapies (MIMIT Health) in 2004. As an interventional radiology and endovascular therapy practice, MIMIT Health specializes in minimally invasive treatments for arterial disease such as peripheral artery disease (PAD), uterine fibroid disease (UFE), venous disease and musculoskeletal disease (spine interventions).

Dr. Chopra believes the path to long-term success lies in treating patients’ spirit, mind and body – not just their medical conditions. His institute has given him the opportunity to create a well thought out environment where patients and their families can feel calm, receive the information they need and be treated with cutting-edge healthcare technologies.

About IAMA-IL:
IAMA-IL promotes the standard of practice in the art and science of medicine for the common interest of its members and the public through educational, social and scientific activities. IAMA-IL helps physicians connect and maintain a close liaison with local, national and international medical societies and organizations.

Are you Avoiding your Doctor? Learn What MIMIT Health Founder Dr. Romi Chopra Has to Say...

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Are you Avoiding your Doctor?

By Dr. Romi Chopra

You have been feeling pain in your abdominal area since last Monday; despite taking over the counter pain meds the pain has gotten worse. Now that you think about it, you are long overdue for your yearly check up. Instantly your mind floods with anxiety-ridden ‘what ifs’.

What if this abdominal pain is somehow related to my irregular period cycle?

Am I okay?

This is the point where you start to Google your symptoms in hopes of figuring out what’s wrong. Eventually, it all becomes too much for you. You find a way to distract yourself only to revisit these feelings again when the pain becomes worse. But what is stopping you from seeing your doctor?

It is important to understand the reasons you might be afraid to visit your doctor. It is also important to understand that it is a pretty common fear. But it’s not a fear of seeing your doctor that stops you from getting a check-up, it’s the fear of the unknown. In our minds, we manage to think of the worst-case scenario, by not going to the doctor you’re pushing off the possibility of facing what could be wrong. Seeing your doctor helps address the issues you are having and prevent something from becoming the worst-case scenario. Getting over your fear of visiting your doctor can be a tall order to fill. Here are some tips to help you manage your anxiety about visiting your doctor.

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