Azeez Abiodun was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. His parents owned a store and when he was younger he would help out in the store during his free time. As a child he was always interested in science and medicine.
When his mother died of cancer, his passion for medicine was ignited, as well as his desire to help people. He studied medicine and got his degree in Nigeria. He briefly worked in Namibia, as well as in South Africa but found a need for further studies so he went to the USA to pursue this.
He now lives and works in Maryland as an internist but he makes it a point to go to his native Nigeria at least once a year for two weeks to do volunteer work to help people who have little to no access to health and medical services.
What is your name?
What is your company name + current title?
Do you know what steez is? If so, how do you express your specific steez?
No, I can’t say I do. I will have to look that one up!
When you were younger what was your dream occupation?
When I was younger, I have always wanted to be a doctor. I have always wanted to find a cure for cancer, aids and other diseases which are shortening the life of so many people today. I dream of a world where people do not have maladies and afflictions, where everyone is healthy.
Who/What inspired you to get into your current field?
My mother’s death due to cancer inspired me to pursue medicine. Although I have already had a propensity to science and medicine even when I was younger, her death ignited a passion in me and that is to help sick people and improve their quality of life.
What is one current trend that excites you?
The trend that excites me nowadays is the trend towards health. People are now becoming more health conscience of the food they put in their body. They are now exercising and living healthier lifestyles.
What would you consider your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment is finishing my medical studies and having a medical career. I love helping people and improving their lives through a healthier lifestyle.
What do you think of social media? Has it made an impact on your professional career?
Social media has made information accessible to people, however, I have seen it being used irresponsibly. So I think everyone should be careful in using it and share only what is true. With regards to my career, yes social media has helped people find and connect with me.
If you were ever to start again, would you do anything differently?
I believe that we cannot really undo the past and all we can do is to live with it. Therefore, no I would not do anything differently as I believe I did the best that I could given the situation.
What do you see for the future?
I see myself working in the field of medicine for a very long time. I will not stop as long as I am still able to work.
What’s one piece of advice you can tell our readers?
I would tell them to pursue their passion with all their heart; to work very hard to achieve what they want.