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Jun 9 2016

GETTING TO KNOW THE PEOPLE OF THE NC MEDICAL BOARD - Pascal O. Udekwu, MD

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Dr. Udekwu is a trauma surgeon who practices with WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh. He is the Board's current president.

Q: What has surprised you about serving on the Board?

A: The professionalism and dedication of the permanent staff and of my fellow Board Members is really remarkable. That was a wonderful surprise.

Q: What do you wish members of the public and profession understood about NCMB?

A: That this is a regulatory agency, not an advocacy organization. The public needs to know that we are here for the benefit and protection of the people of North Carolina. The profession needs to know that we’re working with them, not for them.

Q: What are some of the most valuable lessons you’ve learned over the course of your career?

A: Listen more. Work on humility. Celebrate the successes of others.

Q: What’s the best career advice you’ve received?

A: Go into medicine because you love it, not because you want to become rich.

Q: What are you inspired by?

A: We have this huge complex world that holds so many surprises and so much natural wonder. Whenever you have the opportunity to be on top of a mountain or on a great expanse of water, you can’t help but be awed by it. I’m inspired by the opportunity to help people get better and be better. That’s why I’m in health care and education.

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