“If we focus on maintenance and actually let doctors and patients get to know each other, and the things that really matter to people, we can avoid so many expensive healthcare treatments down the line.”
Sometimes the quietest and humblest people have the most amazing stories – if you stop to ask the right questions. Doug Burns, a soft-spoken 68-year old, is quick to flash his wide grin and share he how grew up in and around Boston living with different families, traveled the world playing semi-professional tennis, learned basic greetings in over 40 languages and explored a wide range of interests and hobbies (be sure to ask him about his calligraphy!).
His commitment to staying healthy includes working out regularly – whether that’s hitting the gym, playing tennis or rowing out on the Charles River – and never missing his yearly check-up with his primary care doctor. So, when his clinic asked about and helped him resolve a housing issue that threatened both his physical and mental health, he became passionate about designing a healthcare system that works for all (because he needed another hobby!):
“Preventative medicine and how you treat people is so important. If we focus on maintenance and actually let doctors and patients get to know each other, and the things that really matter to people, we can avoid so many expensive healthcare treatments down the line.”
Doug is currently training for several 65+ men’s singles tennis tournaments and would be happy to share his advice on both an effective backhand AND his vision for the future of healthcare.
Just ask him.