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Full name: Sudip Bose, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Place of Practice: Medical Center Hospital, Odessa, TX
Why did you want to become a doctor?
I saw a surgery on TV when I was 8 years old and thought it was cool! I was accepted to medical school out of high school (Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University) and could not have done it without the help of wonderful family, friends and teachers. “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” was the gift given to my parents when they immigrated to the US with $8 in hand. A driving force of this American dream is good health, without which the dream is held back. Having completed my medical education, my vision is quality health care for all, which I hope to promote through education, service, and being the best doctor I can be.
What sets you apart from other doctors in your field?
I am a former Major in the US Army, and served in one of the longest combat deployments by a physician since World War II. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, I cared for thousands of wounded soldiers and Iraqi civilians. I provided front line emergency care during the peak of insurgencies in Baghdad and Najaf, and treated Saddam Hussein shortly after his capture. In addition, I was one of the only front line physicians in the Second Battle of Fallujah during the US seizure of the city. I earned a Bronze Star for my 15-month tour.
I provide patient care on the front lines of some of the nation's busiest emergency rooms. I also raise public awareness by traveling the world as a lecturer, professor, media spokesperson and founder and CEO of several nationally top-ranked medical education companies.
For more details, please visit TheBattleContinues.org.
What are your tips for living longer?
Laughter really is the best medicine! Laughing causes your body to take in more oxygen that circulates to your muscles and organs. It also releases endorphins in your body that instantly reduce stress. In even the most dire situations, a sense of humor can allow you to relax and see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Watch Dr. Bose's appearance on The Dr. Oz show for a tip on keeping your inner army strong to fend off bacteria and viruses.