Meet our Board: Francisco J. Gomez, MD

November 11, 2015

We continue our series with Dr. Gomez. Over the coming months we’ll introduce you to our Neurology Times board.

The Meet our Board series presents brief profiles of our Neurology Times board members.

1. Please state your name, title, and the organization you work for.

Francisco J. Gomez, MD, president, Gomez Neurology 

2. Why did you choose your profession?

I chose being a doctor initially as I played The Game of Life. This seemed the best choice – love of studying and sciences helped, of course. I chose to be a neurologist due to the influence of one of my mentors, Dr. Jose Biller.

3. What is the most rewarding part of your work?

The most rewarding part is when patients come back and want a hug from you because they are feeling better.

4. What is the most challenging part of your work?

The most challenging part of work is dealing with patients who have illnesses that, unfortunately, I cannot help.

5. What one thing would you like to see change in your field?

There are many things that I would like to see change, if we could just start with reducing some of the red tape that we deal with on a day-to-day basis, that would go a long way in decreasing the frustration that is medicine today.

6. What is the best piece of career advice you received?

It was advice that was not given but learned. Time: it is a treasure no money can buy.

7. How do you picture the future of neurology?

Wow, this is very difficult to answer, but given the changes I have seen since I started, I think there is a bright future for us finding more effective treatments in neurological disease, even for what at this time seems incurable, Alzheimer, ALS, progressive neuropathy.

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I enjoy many things: a good glass of red wine, a flavorful cup of coffee, a good book (now mostly on my E-book Reader), a slow car drive to nowhere.