Dr Aiwane Iboaya, Outpatient Physician at the Multi-Specialty Clinic


My name is Aiwane Iboaya, I’m an
osteopathic physician here at Shepherd Center, Dealing primarily with acquired
brain injury patients. I’m one of the people that want to be a doctor all her
life. My father died when I was very young, and so the body, and how that can
impact someone who is relatively healthy, and they can pass away really quickly
always was something that interested me. I went to medical school at Ohio
University, I did my residency at Kansas University and completed my brain injury
fellowship at University Texas at Southwestern. My aha moment was probably
in residency it was around the time when I was trying to consider which
three specialties that I wanted to go to and specialize in and again I had a
patient, he was a brain injury patient, he was unable to articulate what it is that
was bothering him, his ailments, whenever the attending on service was able to
discuss with him, for some reason or another, he remembered me. I was just a
little medical student but he always remembered me and so he was my patient,
he was my first brain injury patient and at the end of his stay he was able to
remember at least 50% of what it is that we discussed, whereas he wasn’t able to
do that with anyone else so I felt very honored and very privileged to be part
of his care. And that’s when I knew I wanted to do this. I’ve been here at Shepherd Center since 2019, after completing my brain injury fellowship, I knew I
wanted to come back to the southeastern region, and Shepherd Center is a facility
that I’ve always been interested in, I’ve always wanted to be part of, so when an
opportunity presented itself, I knew I needed to be part of the culture. My responsibilities are primarily with patients with acquired brain injury, this
can be both traumatic and non traumatic, primarily dealing with adults after they
have done some rehab, whether that’s here at Shepherd or elsewhere and
they’re needing continuity of care and long term care, that’s where I come in to
kind of assist in their everyday needs whether that is physical cognitive
therapies, medications, so on and so forth. I see myself kind of as an educator, but
also cheerleader I want to make sure that they know that this catastrophic
event, yes it has altered your life however, didn’t have to be the end-all be-all and so that’s kind of my mentality and
philosophy when I come into medicine.

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