Hometown: Damascus, Syria
Family: Shaza (wife) Layth (son)
Hobbies: Hunting and soccer.
Education: Damascus University in Syria and Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Kentucky
Medical News: Why did you become a doctor?
Maher Kassis: It’s rewarding for me to be a part of this healing ministry.
MN: Why did you choose this specialty?
MK: Primary care allows me to develop and keep relationships with patients and their family for years and provide continuity of care.
MN: Is it different than what you thought? How?
MK: Most of my days are not too far off from what I thought, but each day is different.
MN: What is the one thing you wish patients knew and/or understood about doctors?
MK: How much doctors try to care for all their patients while working in a very demanding healthcare environment.
MN: What’s one thing your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you?
MK: How much time I spend working and dedicated to patient care.
MN: What’s the best advice you ever received? Who gave it to you?
MK: My very supportive wife told me, “The key to success is finding a balance between work and family.”
MN: Who are your heroes?
MK: My parents.
MN: What’s the last good book you read?
MK: A book for my board exam.
MN: Favorite daytime beverage?
MK: Turkish coffee or hot tea.
MN: How do you go the extra mile, above and beyond your daily tasks to improve patient care, community health or hospital operations?
MK: When a patient chooses to trust me with their healthcare needs, I go above and beyond to take care of them the way a doctor should. I focus on caring for them and taking the time to answer their questions.
MN: What is your motto?
MK: Work hard.
MN: Three words your coworkers use to describe you?
MK: Dedicated, hard-working, leader.
MN: Three items on your desk?
MK: Doctor rubber duck, Jesus on the cross and a wedding photo.