According to Akinboboye, his Nigerian heritage provides the basis for his medical philosophy, which is built around the development of trust between doctor and patient. In Nigeria, certain procedures and tests are often not readily unavailable, shifting the focus of most doctors to one-on-one contact with patients.Akinboboye learned about the Nigeria medical system through first-hand experience - he was a sickly child and spent most of his first 12 years in and out of hospitals. It was this experience that led him to pursue medicine.Akinbobye said he tries to take time to get to know and understand his patients. The relationship that develops, he said, allows him to empower patients to make changes, rather simply relying on what he calls the "trust me, I'm a doctor" approach."You might not make as much money that way," Akinbobye said. "But in the end you win, because you have a healthy group of patients."Akinboboye, who is the director of nuclear cardiology at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, L.I., and operates a private practice on Merrick Boulevard in Laurelton, was recently recognized as one of the area's top heart doctor by Castle Connolly, a well-known medical guide.In recent years as the rate of coronary disease in America has steadily fallen amidst advances in medical technology, rates among minorities, and particularly women, have held steady, Akinboboyesaid. This disparity, he said, is one of the most difficult challenges facing the medical community.
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