Dr. Hakeem (Read CV) grew up in Baton Rouge and did his undergraduate training in philosophy at LSU.
He completed his Osteopathic medical degree in Fort Worth at the Texas College of Osteopathy, and then went on to complete a dual residency in the specialties of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and is now Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Board Certified in Pediatrics.
In addition to working at RiverRock, Dr. Hakeem also still practices hospital medicine, to maintain his skills in acute medical care, and to maintain awareness of the cost of errors in primary care.
In his own words:
Before medicine, I loved physics and philosophy (and I still do). But nothing compares to the challenge of medicine! Medicine requires judgment, ethics, and guts to practice well, and it’s far more intense than the ivory tower of philosophical academia. It’s messy and beautiful, and I loving being able to practice it to the fullest.
When I went into medicine, I dreamed of being an incisive diagnostician, and health/wellness champion. Practicing at RiverRock allows me to do exactly that.
RiverRock’s philosophy is about encouraging patients to pursue their dreams and to fulfill their potential by pursuing optimum health, instead of just providing “good enough” healthcare.
In residency, we were required to work at the local charity clinic, and I was told to see more and more patients in the same amount of time. I came to realize that I was being told to cut corners in the name of “efficiency” – something that never happened in the hospital or ICU. But the outpatient clinic world was always about seeing patients “fast enough”. If we never talked about diet or exercise, or never taught patients about their illnesses, it was fine – we were just there to write a prescription and then figure out which insurance “code” to bill.
At RiverRock, I’m no longer forced into that situation. RiverRock is all about patients’ long-term health, and I have no insurance company telling me it’s ok to do less than my best, and I have all the time I need (just like I do in the hospital) to take care of patients properly.
The RiverRock philosophy matches my original dreams from when I started out in medicine.
Practicing at RiverRock allows me to fulfill my potential as a physician – I’m able to look up the latest recommendations for my patients, calculate their risk scores, and practice medicine in the best possible way instead of “shooting from the hip” due to lack of time.
Similarly, I’m a fully trained osteopath, and manipulation treatments can take time, just like doing biopsies, injections, etc. – working at RiverRock gives me a chance to use all my abilities to their fullest, even if it’s time-consuming.
I couldn’t work anywhere else.
Dr. Hakeem practices at RiverRock HQ in Austin.
He is also the creator of the app Rx-Bayes – which is a statistical app to help doctors understand that tests are not always accurate, and how to tell when the tests are more likely to be wrong. He’s also given a lecture for patients to understand the basics of that: