Dr. David Farnen

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Tell us a little about your background.
Born and raised in Southern California, I graduated from the University of California, Irvine in Orange County, California. Soon after, I moved to Chicago where I graduated from the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Chicago Medical School. I then migrated to the East Coast where I attended the Eastern Virginia Medical School Podiatric Surgery Residency Program. Since we moved to the Midwest and East Coast, my wife and I have never looked back. We are blessed that my medical journey has allowed us to meet amazing people and adventure to new areas.

What characteristics come to mind when you think of the ideal doctor?
When thinking of the term “ideal doctor,” that particular individual should embody integrity, personality, confidence, humility, and most important, empathy. Every doctor has rigorously gone through multiple years of training, but their ability to interact and empathize with their patients is what that sets them apart from the rest. It is going beyond bedside manner to provide the best care and treatment for your patients.

What drew you to the medical field? Was there a particular moment in time where you realized that you wanted to pursue medicine professionally?
Ever since I could talk I always knew that I wanted to become a doctor. My parents always used to tell me I was always the first child to volunteer or help people anyway I could. It did not dawn on me exactly what specialty or area of medicine I would enjoy until after my podiatric medical school training when I was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes Mellitus. It is then that I knew becoming a Podiatric Physician and Surgeon was the perfect career for me. I realized I could completely understand and empathize with my patients and the daily struggles of managing such a complicated disease.

What do you like most about living in Nashville?
Living in Nashville is incredible! The atmosphere, the food, and especially the music life are absolutely amazing. The list of activities to do is endless, and my wife and I enjoy going to sporting events and live concerts. I am a huge country music fan!

What aspirations do you have both professionally and personally?
I feel that my short and long-term aspirations go hand in hand both professionally and personally. I hope to grow my family and professional career in the short term. I also hope to better my skills and gain experience in leadership and team building. In the long term, I hope to be involved in diabetes related medical research and advanced wound care. Through my experiences and patient interactions in the long term, I will learn how to be a more successful physician, father, researcher, friend, colleague and leader in our industry.

When you’re not at work, how do you like to spend your time?
When I am not at work, I spend my time relaxing at home with my family. I love going to professional and collegiate sporting events as well as listening to live music. I also love spending time with my dog whether it be taking her for long walks at the park or having her cuddle up next to me after a long day.

What’s your favorite restaurant in town?
That is hard to say as my wife and I have not yet ventured out to new restaurants, but we are excited to try some of the famous restaurants in Nashville and surrounding areas. Suggestions are always welcome!

Do you know any good jokes?
Why did the tomato turn red? Because he saw the salad dressing.

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