This month, the IN caught up with Dr. Rami Owera, a hematology-oncology specialist at the Woodlands, one of the area’s newest and most innovative medical centers. The father of two filled us in on his interest in hematology-oncology, the importance of staying abreast of medical trends and technology, Southern hospitality and how he spends his time when he’s not helping patients.
IN: What drew you to medicine, specifically hematology-oncology?
DR. OWERA: I am drawn to challenges, and the field of oncology is particularly challenging. The science of oncology is constantly changing, with new cancer-fighting drugs being developed all the time, so one has to be on top of things in reading and learning about the new developments.
However, it is also a very inspiring field, and it develops one to become more humble towards life.
IN: Describe your typical work day.
DR. OWERA: My day starts with rounding at one of the local hospitals. I then head to the Woodlands Medical Center where I see my clinic patients and do consultations, supervise chemotherapy administration, and order and review the results of diagnostic studies. We have a state-of-the-art imaging center at the Woodlands that provides a variety of radiology studies such as mammograms, pet scans, MRI, etc. As a board certified hematologist/oncologist, I deal with all types of cancer and benign and malignant hematology patients.
IN: What’s the best part of your job?
DR. OWERA: The most gratifying part of the day is telling patients that they are cured or in remission and that their cancer has gone.
IN: What’s the worst part of your job?
DR. OWERA: The worst part is when we get to a point with a patient where we have exhausted all chemotherapy and treatment options. Next you have to pass the news on to the patient. There is no means of letting something like that not affect you.
IN: You moved to Pensacola from Salt Lake City. What do you enjoy about living and practicing in the South?
DR. OWERA: First and foremost, the weather! There’s no dealing with shoveling snow from your driveway. Pensacola Beach is by far one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. Also, living in a smaller-sized city has many advantages. And there’s nothing like the good food and Southern hospitality.
IN: When you’re not in the office, what do you enjoy doing?
DR. OWERA: I love spending time with the family, playing a good game of tennis, keeping up on current events and politics. I also enjoy traveling and exploring different cuisines.
Rami S. Owera, M.D.
Woodlands Center for Specialized Medicine
4724 N. Davis Highway