Ahmed Assas, MD

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Ahmed Assas, MD

Full name: Ahmed Assas 

Age: 32

Hometown: New York, NY

Specialty: Anesthesiology

Place of Practice: Ramapo Anesthesiologists, Suffern, NY

Why did you want to become a doctor?

Growing up, I was always intrigued by the biological sciences. However, what really did it for me was the experience my family and I went through during my high school years when my father suffered a major heart attack. My father's heart stopped. Fortunately, the doctors were able to resuscitate him and get his heart beating once again. That day, the doctors who saved his life became my heroes. That difficult experience happened about 16 years ago. From that day forward, I knew that I wanted to become a doctor. Medicine allows me to constantly interact with people and is mentally challenging. I knew that medicine was the right fit for me at my first day of medical school.


What sets you apart from other doctors in your field?

I'm often described as being very compassionate and comforting. This is particularly important in my field of specialty where I believe it is the duty of the anesthesiologist to help allay the fears and anxieties of patients before surgery in addition to anesthetizing them safely. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than getting a patient to smile or laugh before such a stressful experience. Being a bit more personable and learning about my patient's life outside the hospital setting is what I think comforts people the most. 


What are your 5 tips for living longer?

  1. Surround yourself with family and friends who are engaged in healthy activities, make smart choices themselves, and are supportive of your efforts to be healthy.
  2. Stay positive and enjoy your health. Laugh often. If you enjoy your life, you'll work harder to protect and extend it. Don't forget to get your sleep, too. People who get more sleep live longer. 
  3. Choose activities that you actually enjoy. Consistent exercise shouldn't mean 30 minutes to an hour of pain everyday. But it does mean setting aside some time for yourself and doing something active that gets the heart rate up. That can be almost anything.
  4. Make your dieting less about denying yourself foods you love, but instead just reaching for better quality alternatives. It should be about eating better instead of just eating less.
  5. Hydrate. Always carry a water bottle around. Americans are chronically dehydrated which can cause innumerable damage. Proper hydration can reduce hunger, boost energy, increase metabolism and improve your skin. In fact, its thermogenic effects on the body can burn calories!

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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