We had the good fortune of connecting with Omar Krad, MD and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Omar, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Treating others as I would want to be treated in their position is the winning formula. Guiding patients through complex medical decisions is not always easy. What makes it easier is taking the time to get to know my patients. Every patient is different. Sitting back and listening is a critical part of my process. I then think of what I would want if I was in their position. With that information and my expertise, I then have a greater chance at delivering the results they want.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
During college, I was studying computer science because I loved technology. However, I couldn’t see myself working at a computer all day. I was ok with it as a hobby, but I loved interacting with people and was hoping for a career in which I could develop a personal connection with people. I was considering medicine. People told me the career path is “too long” or “too hard” but I didn’t focus on that. I just imagined where I wanted to be in long term, and then set short term goals to help me get there. So I took the pre-med classes and went to medical school. After my first year, I went on a medical mission trip where we set up a health clinic in a small village in the Dominican Republic. When we would meet a patient who was blind, we would add their name to a list because in the following weeks, ophthalmologists from outside the country would visit for a week or so to restore their vision by performing cataract surgeries. They would cure around 100 people in only a week! It’s like they were superheroes, flying in, restoring vision, and then leaving. These docs didn’t expect anything in return. Helping these people gave enough them an overabundance of gratification, meaning, and purpose. That was it for me. I was hooked. Cataract and Laser Refractive Surgery is my passion. It’s a super high tech specialty and I love to travel!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Roadtrip!! I would dedicate most of the week road-tripping to Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park, Big Sur, and driving down the coast-line, and stopping at the occasional in-n-out burger. I would save a couple days to spend in LA and Orange County. I would go to Griffith Park Observatory at Sunset and then The Grove for Dinner, It’s gorgeous around Christmas and New Year. I would want to spend a day in Newport beach, perhaps renting an electric duffy in the harbor and then taking a stroll at Fashion Island or Irvine Spectrum.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I was lucky to have great role models throughout my medical training. My parents were unwavering in their support for me. They are the kind of people you hope to be one day. Leading by example, they taught me to help others even when it might be hard. They are honest to a fault. True role models. Also, the faculty at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago have shown me the brightest side of medicine. Without exception, they always did everything that was in the best interest for their patients. I couldn’t have had better mentors.