Bernd Wollschaeger, MD, FAAFP, FASAM, MRO

Bernd Wollschlaeger, MD, FAAFP, FASAM is board certified in family medicine and addiction medicine and is Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at University of Miami School of Medicine, Florida International, and Florida State University College of Medicine.
Bernd Wollschaeger, MD, FAAFP, FASAM, MRO

QuestionWhat inspired you to become a healthcare provider?

AnswerAs a young boy I dreamed of becoming a dentist. I actually studied dentistry for 2 years in Germany but soon realized that I did not have the technical skill set necessary to be a dentist. I took a year volunteering as a nurse's aide in a local university hospital and felt a growing compassion caring for people and studied medicine instead.

QuestionWhy did you focus on addiction medicine?

AnswerI am actually an addiction specialist and was motivated to understand the disease of addiction, which was so prevalent in my family and caused the early death of my sister.

QuestionWho were your mentors?

AnswerIn 1983 I volunteered in a hospital in Israel and met an American surgeon who gave up a successful, well paid career in the US, emigrated to Israel, and dedicated himself to practicing medicine in a small community hospital. An addiction specialist in Miami who cares for his patients with neverending patience and compassion and who became my friend and mentor also inspires me.

"Against all odds change is possible."

QuestionIf you weren’t a healthcare provider, what would you be?

AnswerI actually thought about becoming a full-time writer and still have not given up the idea.

QuestionWhat is your most marked characteristic?

AnswerPerseverance and a healthy dose of stubbornness.

Bernd Wollschaeger, MD, FAAFP, FASAM, MRO

QuestionWhat do you consider your greatest achievement?

AnswerTo stand up against my father, a highly decorated German WWII tank commander and Nazi officer involved in the killing of civilians. I rebelled, converted to Judaism, and emigrated to Israel.

QuestionWhat is your favorite language?

AnswerModern Hebrew.

QuestionIf you had to choose one book, one film, and one piece of music to take into space for an undetermined amount of time, what would they be?

AnswerBook: The Book of Abraham by Marek Halter.

Film: Blade Runner

Music: Tangerine Dream album Optical Race.

QuestionWhat would you like your legacy to be?

AnswerThat an individual can make a difference.

QuestionWhat is your motto?

AnswerAgainst all odds change is possible.

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