Dr. Arishita Honored at Health Care Hero Ceremony
By: Courtney Floyd
Dr. Arishita has been named a San Antonio Health Care Hero as an Outstanding Physician for 2016 by the San Antonio Business Journal!
He was honored yesterday evening during the award ceremony held at the Pearl Stables.
Dr. Arishita was surrounded by his family and friends along with his fellow surgeons and nurse to celebrate his accomplishments—a true testament to his incredible compassion and dedication as a physician.
The San Antonio Business Journal asked him three questions upon being recognized as a 2016 Healthcare Hero. Here is what Dr. Arishita had to say…
1. Who was your mentor, and what was his or her impact on your life?
I have had many mentors throughout my life but my Father had the most profound impact upon my life. He was not a medical person, but he was the person in our family that provided the care and comfort when we were ill. He showed me that to be an excellent physician, I would need to be a caring person.
2. Tell us about a significant event that makes you reflect: "This is why I do what I do.”
I was a 4th year medical student and had assisted with a latissimus flap breast reconstruction surgery. When we saw the patient the next day, she burst into tears after we removed the dressings. We were worried that she was unhappy until she explained that she had felt so deformed that her husband had not seen her undressed for the past 3 years. At that moment, I felt that I had found my purpose.
3. What would you like to be remembered for as a Health Care Hero?
I served in the military for 25 years before joining PRMA Plastic Surgery where I care for women fighting breast cancer. I have had the honor of serving with some truly outstanding medical providers. I am not a hero, but I have had the privilege to care for many valiant heroes. They have shown me true courage.
We are so proud of you Dr. Arisitha! Your heart and dedication to your patients does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Thank you so much for being such a valued member of the PRMA team! We are blessed to stand and applaud you for this truly deserved award!