It's easy to focus on the basics when evaluating your doctor. Did they go to medical school? Are they in your insurance plan's network? Do they have a good reputation with patients and the medical community? These questions are an important part of choosing and building a relationship with your physician, but we also believe knowing more about your physician leads to better communication around your healthcare! At Columbia Surgical Associates we want you to have a familiar face behind the stethoscope, it can make all the difference to your quality of care!
- When did you know you wanted to become a doctor?
Growing up, I was always drawn to medicine because my father is a physician. I would have fun going to his office and peeking around at the medical equipment and pictures in books. I really knew I wanted to be a doctor after I shadowed a cardiothoracic surgeon in high school as part of a community service hour requirement. The operating room really enticed me, and since then I have loved surgery.
- One item you couldn't live without?
The internet. I think we are so dependent on it.
- Favorite food?
Chicken pulao. It's a traditional Pakistani rice and chicken dish that is cooked in chicken broth with spices such as garlic, cinnamon and cardamom. It's a hearty comfort food that always reminds me of my mom.
- Favorite birthday you celebrated and why?
My 28th birthday. It was around the same time that I was getting married, and I was fortunate to have friends and family travel in from all over the world and all stages of my life to participate in both events. It was an incredible time.
- What's your hidden talent?
I enjoy painting; once I envision something, I am able to sketch it out and have my vision come to life.
- First job?
Pharmacy technician at CVS pharmacy.
- Next bucket list item?
One day, in a non-COVID world, I hope to finally visit Turkey and participate in the hot air balloon festival in Cappadocia.
- Favorite way to spend your free time?
With my family and friends.
- If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be?
Knowing everything there is to know about cars so I can fix any car problem without the hassle of a mechanic and the costs.
- Favorite movie?
Difficult to pick just one movie but if I would say Amelie. It's a good pick-meup movie and the cinematography is fantastic.
- Where is your happy place?
After the operating room, it has to be the kitchen. I love trying new and especially spicy recipes, mixing different flavors and cooking with vibrant colors. When I was growing up, my family spent a lot of time in the kitchen sipping on tea and swapping stories, doing homework and creating delicious meals together, so it's always brought me joy.
- What TV character would you play and why?
Olivia Benson from "Law and Order." She is a boss. The character is known for her role in fighting for justice and is an advocate for women and someone who has overcome her own hardships.
- Favorite holiday and why?
Halloween because firstly it's fall, which is my favorite season with all the colors, cooler weather, and pumpkin everything, but secondly because costumes are fun!
Dr. Safoora Choudry joined the vascular division of Columbia Surgical Associates in 2020. A Chicago native, Dr. Choudry has spent her whole life in the Midwest, also living in Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa. Read more to get to know Dr. Choudry.