For Akron Children’s newest Pediatric Intensivist Dr. Rashed Durgham, the path to critical care medicine chose him, rather than the other way around. While pursuing emergency medicine, he found himself covering the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) to fulfill a need due to staff shortages and fell in love with the role. He couldn’t think of anything better than spending his days providing around-the-clock critical care to infants, children and teens who need advanced treatments and specialized monitoring. “Helping kids is so rewarding,” he said, “because of their everlasting positive spirits.”
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
Bhutan. I love mountains, and it’s not cold there.
What did you eat for breakfast? If nothing, what’s your favorite breakfast?
My favorite breakfast is scrambled eggs. I eat it once a week.
What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Read. I like historical fiction or just pure history. My favorite is “Leo the African,” by Amin Maalouf.
What song do you know all the words by heart?
The Winner by Bobby Bare
Do you dunk your Oreos in milk, lick off the icing, eat them as they are or avoid them altogether?
Eat them as they are.
Who makes up your family, including pets and their names?
My wife, Roula, our 2 sons, Ryan and Christopher, and our dog, Buddy
Have you ever met anyone famous? Who was it and did you get a picture?
Jimmie Carter. I ran into him by accident in the streets of Aleppo, Syria, during college.
What was your first paying job?
Tutoring in high school
What’s your quote, mantra or personal slogan you live by?
“Cemeteries of the world are full of indispensable people”
Something you’ve always wanted to do and still want to do it?
Tour the world, especially Peru and Bolivia