Local doctor brings healing smiles

Dr. Shahram Malik of Jonesborough is a doctor who practices in Kingsport.

Dr. Shahram Malik completed his residency training at East Tennessee State University in 2009.

He currently practices hospital medicine at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, and is employed by Holston Medical Group.

Malik lives with his wife, Dr Ruhma Arif, in Jonesborough. They have three sons — ages 12, 8 and 2 months.

Fast Facts

Dog or cat: Cat

Favorite book: "Being Mortal," by Atul Gawande.

How do you unwind: “Reading, playing with my sons and bird watching.”

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK IN MEDICINE?

Making a difference in the lives of my patients, which is a very satisfying and a humbling experience.

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR PROFESSION?

Bringing back smiles on the faces of my patients and their families is the most rewarding experience in my profession.

WHAT LED YOU TO HEALTH CARE?

It was my lifelong dream to become a doctor and serve humanity. Since childhood, I had always envisioned myself being a doctor.

My interest in medicine was reinforced during my undergraduate years when I excelled in my biology classes and developed special interest in human biology.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE CONSIDERING A SIMILAR CAREER?

It has been a very rewarding career for me. Hard work, dedication and perseverance is needed in this field. Stay focused and you will be successful. Never rely on finding shortcuts.

IS THERE SOMETHING YOU THINK CAN BE A GAME CHANGER FOR HEALTH CARE IN OUR REGION?

The sharing of electronic medical records (EMR) between health care systems across the board will be the new game changer for health care in our region. With advancement in medical technologies and tele-medicine, I think it is going to happen sooner or later.