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