Unsung Heroes: Celebrating Doctors’ Day and Their Incredible Impact

Inflect Health
4 min readMar 29, 2024

In the spirit of Doctors’ Day, we pause to express our profound gratitude to all of the incredible doctors who dedicate their lives to caring for others. Over the last few years, we’ve witnessed the unwavering commitment of physicians day in and day out, and we stand in awe of the tireless efforts displayed every single day.

At Inflect Health, rooted in a legacy of physician partnership, we deeply understand the sacrifices essential for compassionate service to our communities. Inflect Health is fortunate to have a remarkable group of physicians driving innovation and transforming healthcare.

Each Inflect physician brings a unique blend of clinical expertise and passion for improving patient outcomes. Here’s a glimpse into their motivations for pursuing medicine:

Rick Newell, MD MPH — Inflect Health CEO & Vituity Chief Transformation Officer

“At a young age I had a suboptimal interaction with our healthcare system that had a profound impact on my parents and myself — it was clear that our healthcare system was broken. As I grew up and progressed through schooling, it became clear that what I enjoyed most was helping solve problems and where better to do that than in healthcare! To this day, twenty years after becoming a physician, helping solve problems continues to be the most rewarding part of it all.”

Bobbie Kumar, MD MBA — Inflect Director of Clinical Transformation

“Until I was 19, coming from a family of doctors, it was understood that this was just the career path we all took.

But when my dad, a non-smoker and non-drinker, was diagnosed with advanced cirrhosis and slipped into a coma six weeks later, I saw a different side of medicine. The care team — from medical students up to world-renowned attendings — left an indelible mark on my family and me. I personally witnessed their celebration of the small victories in my dad’s condition, such as being next on the transplant list, and the tears they shed when they told us he wasn’t going to make it through the night. It showed me humanity in a way I had never experienced before and knew right then that this is what I wanted to do.”

Joshua Tamayo-Sarver, MD PhD — Inflect & Vituity Vice President of Innovation

“When I was in elementary school, my mother got breast cancer and had a 1-year prognosis. When I was in high school, my mother died. I was thankful to healthcare because it allowed me to have a mom around for an extra five years. I was also angry at the doctors because they ultimately failed and I no longer had my mother in my life. Then, at 16, I volunteered in a local rural emergency department and thought ‘Wow, this is so much fun. And I can make a living while making a difference? Sign me up.’ I am passionate about working in the emergency department and in innovation because too many people are missing from too many lives. We can do better.”

Wade Fox, DO — Inflect Director of Complex Care

“In the 7th grade, I made the emotional decision I was going to be successful. Coming from poverty, a physician was the most noble, successful thing I could think of. It remained a thought until college when I volunteered and later worked at the hospital near campus and cemented my desire to pursue medicine. I looked up to our family physician my whole life. I loved the paternalism, the decision making, the responsibility, the passion, the respect, the commitment to helping, problem solving and making everything better.

It is an honor to see patients who come to see me on their worst day seeking help, comfort, advice, direction, wisdom, skill, opinion, and reassurance. When no one else can help…… people go to the ED.”

David Feldman, MD MBA— Inflect Head of Strategic Partnerships

“Around the time of middle school 2 women very important to me were diagnosed with breast cancer. My mother and Mrs. Garcia, our next door neighbor who would often babysit my siblings and myself when my parents were kept at work. Both sought medical care, one died within a year of being diagnosed and one did not. Fortunately my mother has been in remission for the last 38 years. But Mrs. Garcia was gone abruptly.
The impact of that loss on her children and family was profound and significant. This formative experience made a lasting impression and I am fortunate to find a role in medicine to make a difference and impact lives positively. Every ER shift I work and every patient I am able to help inspires me to keep making a difference.”

On this Doctors’ Day, and every day, we recognize your heroic efforts, unwavering dedication, and profound impact on countless lives. Today, we say thank you for always being there, for giving your very best, and for the countless lives you’ve saved. Thank you.

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