INTERVIEW WITH AMIT MEHTA, MD, MBA
Have you ever been a patient, and if so, what did it teach you?
Having broken my clavicle snowboarding, being a patient taught me the value of mortality. Having this understanding has allowed me to appreciate today’s joys, instead of worrying about tomorrow’s problems.
“Doctorpedia offers a pathway to the next chapter in the healthcare landscape. It resonates with me, as the foundation is built on evidence-based medicine and core values.”
What are the most important qualities for a doctor to have?
The ability of a physician to show empathy while being rational and optimistic are rare qualities in combination, but have the ability to maximize the doctor/patient relationship.
What can a patient expect when they have you as a doctor?
Someone who will listen to them, while at the same time exploring all options available for treatment. I try to treat all patients as equals while changing the lens of the camera to their viewpoint, as many times it does affect treatment plans in a positive manner.
What is the most important factor in the doctor/patient relationship and why?
Trust, because this is a mutually beneficial factor that can grow over time. Without it, the personal side of medicine gets taken away, and doctors become robots in the broad spectrum of healthcare.
What makes you different from other doctors in your field?
My ability to connect with patients and staff from almost every age group and genre – whether it be through music, food, sports, travel, business, politics, or religion. I feel this is a byproduct of my upbringing and the balance that I have been able to find outside of work.
“In this day and age, patients have access to all types of information, but the ability to prioritize and wean out fact versus fiction is the limiting variable.”
Why did you decide to pursue your MBA after being in medicine all your life?
I decided to pursue my healthcare MBA because I realized that the field of healthcare was revolutionizing. With big pharmacies, hospital systems, and ACO’s increasing at the expense of the private practice sector, I felt that understanding the business aspect of healthcare would make me a more rounded person and physician. In addition, it allowed me to compare the healthcare system in the US to other systems, especially ones used in Europe, while learning from colleagues from all over the world.
You recently joined the Doctorpedia team as a Founding Medical Partner. What about Doctorpedia resonates with your personal and professional mission?
Doctorpedia offers a pathway to the next chapter in the healthcare landscape. It resonates with me, as the foundation is built on evidence-based medicine and core values. It is this platform that will offer hope to millions of people, while balancing and integrating the many changes in technology, social media, and how information is shared over the next decade.
What problems do patients face that Doctorpedia can help solve?
The biggest problem patients have is quantity over quality. In this day and age, patients have access to all types of information, but the ability to prioritize and wean out fact versus fiction is the limiting variable. Doctorpedia eliminates this factor through its platform, and will allow patients to make more informed decisions which will benefit society as a whole.
What would you do for a living if you weren’t a doctor?
I would have loved to be a DJ or a sports agent. Unfortunately, that day has passed, so I will have to be happy with playing music off my Spotify account at house parties and listening to sports radio.
Amit Mehta, MD, MBA
Interventional Pain Management
Dr. Mehta is Double Board Certified through the American Board of Anesthesiology in Anesthesiology and a sub specialty in Pain Management. In addition to being the CEO at ABM Pain Consultants, LLC, Dr. Mehta is a Doctorpedia Founding Medical Partner and CMO of Doctorpedia's Pain Channel.