In the Hot Seat
The inside scoop on Dr. Ahdev Kuppusamy
By Kevin Whipps
Dr Kuppusamy has quite the background.
Born in Puerto Rico, where he would spend most of his life, he grew up knowing that he wanted to be a doctor. In the ninth grade, his family moved to Nova Scotia before moving back to Puerto Rico a year later, and when he turned 17, it was off to New Jersey for medical school. Three years of New England winters started to make him feel a bit homesick for the tropical climate from home, and a quick trip to the Bahamas on a break would cement that feeling. Now he just needed to find a place in the U.S. that would give him that feeling.
Shortly thereafter, Dr. Kuppusamy attended a conference in Arizona, and he decided to make the most of his time there by checking out the scene. “
Dr. Kuppusamy is an Anesthesiologist, but that wasn’t originally the plan. “My third year of med school came around, I just did pediatrics, and I did not enjoy it. It was not what I thought it was going to be,” he says. This left him in a bit of a quandary, as he knew he wanted to be a doctor, but now he had to switch fields. It turns out that a conversation with his brother was all he needed. “My brother, who’s also a physician (he’s a little bit older than I am), had mentioned anesthesia to me. I did an elective in it and just loved it. I’ve always been a math person; my dad’s an engineer, so I was always brought up that way, problem solving, mathematics, stuff like that.“
Being an Anesthesiologist is a bit different from being a traditional doctor. For Dr. Kuppusamy, he looks at things from an analytical approach, which allows him to break scenarios down to figure out what’s really happening, doing so in a very methodical fashion. “Ever other medical field to me was memorizing a bunch of information and spitting it out, whereas with anesthesia, you have to understand things and how to apply those things to the situation that you have in front of you.”
This all shows when it comes time to see a patient. “I’ve always had the thought that what [doctors] do should be a whole-person approach,” he says, which is why he has a down-to-earth manner, and focuses on the doctor-patient relationship. By breaking down the patient’s problems systematically, then talking to them to learn all he can about their pain, he can then educate them on what their options are so they can make an informed decision. It’s personalized care that gives patients better results.
Although he’s only been at Arizona Pain for a short time, he does have his eye on the future. He loves what he does, enjoys helping people solve their problems with pain and loves the area. In fact, you could say that all is right with the good doctor. “I wouldn’t change it for the world. I don’t think I’ll ever move from Arizona — I love this place.”
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