“There are three main reasons I went into internal medicine. First, working with patients from all walks of life – men and women, young and not so young, wealthy and poor, from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds who have different ailments – is truly intriguing. Variety is the spice of life and being able to come to work and solve a different mystery each day keeps me attracted to this specialty.
Second, continuity of care – what I value most is developing a relationship with my patients that extends beyond their particular medical condition. We get to know each other on a personal level. We develop bonds with our patients. We see them in the office, in the hospital, in nursing homes and subacute rehab as well as in the home. We know this is a source of frustration for patients, so we make it a point to be available to them. Third is being a patient advocate. To do that well, a physician must listen intently, understand, formulate an educated theory of what ails the patient and treat them to the best of our ability without doing them harm. We strive to discover different treatments and interventions and to provide compassion and comfort in applying them.
My mission is to educate patients and our society in order to prevent illness or injury and promote health. We are called to speak truth in order to accomplish these goals. The foundation is the relationship and trust between the physician and the patient. Central to this relationship is the trust my patients place in me as their advocate.
Being a patient advocate means developing a treatment plan that is in line with their values and beliefs and having their best interests at heart.”
Awards: Intern of the Year, HackensackUMC Mountainside, Montclair, NJ
Member: American Medical Association
Dr. Naveen R. Allam has been practicing internal medicine since 2015 in the Montclair, New Jersey area. In his spare time, Dr. Allam enjoys sports (basketball, baseball, football, hiking, bike riding), spending time with his family and friends, visiting new and exciting places and trying new food or cuisine.