Dr. Tajuddin has many layers, but is a kid at heart
Dr. Aamair Tajuddin admits he’s just a kid at heart.
He’s a big fan of professional wrestling, basketball and football, he loves spending time with his niece and nephew, and he enjoys watching Kim Possible and Boy Meets World. Considering that, it might not be a surprise that Dr. Tajuddin, or “TJ” as he likes to be called, ended up focusing his career on children.
But there’s more to Dr. Tajuddin than you may realize. For instance, he at first considered going into geriatrics because he has a soft spot for the elderly, which is partly rooted in his relationship with his grandmother. He also is very spiritual, a quality that he feels helps him be a better physician.
As part of our Provider Spotlight series, we invite you to learn more about Dr. Tajuddin, a board-certified pediatrician at the Coal City Healthcare Center of Morris Hospital.
Q: How many years have you been practicing medicine?
A: I’ve been at Morris Hospital since September 2016. Before this, I completed my three-year pediatric residency training at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill.
Q: What motivated you to become a physician? Or, what or who influenced you to become a physician?
A: I was always close to my grandmother. When she had her first stroke more than 20 years ago, I was very heartbroken. I became even closer helping through her recovery.
Q: What led you to focus on your medical specialty in particular?
A: Even though I have a soft spot for the elderly, I found my calling as a pediatrician through medical school. Babies, infants, and toddlers are so innocent. Watching them grow and mature is so rewarding.
Q: What is your greatest strength as a doctor?
A: As a doctor, you have to be a good teacher. There are a lot of serious illnesses out there and children are so fragile. I am good at communicating with parents and alleviating any fears they may have regarding their children.
Q: What would your patients be most surprised to learn about you?
A: I am a big fan of professional wrestling (WWE). Yes, “that” professional wrestling with grown men fake-hitting each other with steel chairs and giving each other mean stares. If I didn’t go to medical school, I would have loved to be flying through tables at a wrestling school.
Q: What makes the place where you practice medicine special?
A: The staff at Coal City Healthcare Center is phenomenal. Part of the reason I chose pediatrics as a specialty is because everyone involved in the field has a cheerful outlook on life. You won’t go five minutes in our clinic without hearing someone laugh because of a joke or silly prank.
Q: What is your favorite sport to watch? And what is/are your favorite team(s)?
A: I am a big football and basketball fan. I love the Chicago Bears (and consequently hate the Green Bay Packers). I am also a big fan of the Chicago Bulls.
Q: Tell us about your family and what you enjoy doing with them.
A: My parents and brothers live in the western suburbs of Chicago. Almost every weekend, you will find me wrestling with my nephew or having a tea party with my niece. Otherwise, I am playing board games with friends.
Q: What is your favorite movie or TV show? And why?
A: The kid in me will tell you that Kim Possible was the best TV show ever. The adult in me will say it was Boy Meets World. I guess there is not much of a difference in my tastes as a child or adult. But I enjoy a comedy that applies to many audiences.
Q: What did you do before you decided to become a doctor?
A: After college, I took some time off to memorize the Qu’ran in its original Arabic. As a practicing Muslim, I wanted to strengthen my spirituality. I think I matured a lot during that time and it has given me patience to be a successful physician.