Raj Dasgupta, MD, FACP, FCCP, FAASM, specializes in pulmonology, pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine at Keck Medicine of USC.
Dr. Dasgupta’s mission in life is to educate patients, students and aspiring doctors for better patient care. Here’s what you won’t find on his resume.
Medicine is his dream career.
“When I was growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a doctor. I wanted to combine teaching, entertaining and patient care together.”
Michael Jordan was his inspiration.
“I always admired how Michael Jordan was never afraid of any challenge. It was inspiring to see that he could carry the team on his shoulders, if necessary. I find I have similar traits to Michael, like my competitiveness.”
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He’s got a knack for the arts and education.
“I enjoy teaching and have taught the first three steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and Internal Medicine board review around the world. I have been fortunate enough to be called in as an expert to appear on various media platforms, including the TV show ‘The Doctors.’”
Motivation and curiosity are key to his success.
“Medicine is such a humbling field. There is always something I learn every day to help my patients. In order to be a great mentor to my students, I have to be motivated to actively learn because my students, residents and fellows are only getting smarter.”
Furthering the next generation of medical experts is important to him.
“I chose to work at Keck Medicine, an academic medical center, because I have a passion for teaching and have always been a believer in lifelong learning. The most rewarding moment of my day is when I have made a positive difference in delivering patient care. I find it very gratifying when a medical student, resident or fellow learns something new or appreciates the effort I put into my teaching.”
Say ‘hi’ if you see him around the medical center.
“If we crossed paths in the hospital, I would be very easy to approach. I’m a friendly and very positive person.”
Like-minded individuals keep him engaged.
“Being around others who share the same passion for learning, teaching and patient care inspires me and helps me feel like I’m fulfilling my purpose in life.”
Dr. Dasgupta is the associate program director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. View his full biography and schedule an appointment.