Dr. Rashid Mahboob has long known exactly what he wanted to do – practice endocrinology.
“I have many family members with diabetes, so I was interested in endocrinology right from the beginning,” he recalled. “Later, as a hospitalist, 70 percent of my patients were diabetic. I found there is a lot of need and a shortage of endocrinologists.”
Besides helping patients manage diabetes, Dr. Mahboob discovered he enjoyed treating patients with other health issues, such as thyroid diseases, cancer, osteoporosis, bone diseases and pituitary disorders.
But no matter the diagnosis, to Dr. Mahboob, the most important aspect of treating patients is the same. “I need to understand patients and realize each one is different,” he said. “As a doctor, I have to be patient and build a good relationship and level of trust.
“When the patient trusts you, they will listen and respond better,” he explained. “Diabetes is a patient-controlled disease, so you have to talk to the patient and the family and have good communication with them.”
Dr. Mahboob knows how important family is to his patients, as his own family is a No. 1 priority in his life. He, his wife and their three children love taking long drives in the mountains, camping, hiking and just spending time together.
When they settled here in 2006, he was glad to know his expertise could help fill a need for patients in the area. And, he liked the area right away because it reminded him of the mountains of Pakistan, where he grew up. “We love the natural beauty,” he said. “It is home now.”