An Interview with Ryan Mire, Featured in Nashville Business Journal’s 2013 “Best Doctors” List

Posted on July 24, 2013

Click "read more" below to see what Dr. Mire has to say about his career in practing medicine, his favorite home remedy, and more. 

In what year did you begin practicing medicine? What is one of the most significant advancements in medicine or in your profession that you’ve witnessed since then? I started private practice in 2002. There have been several significant advancements, such as minimally invasive and robotic surgery, medication regimens extending survival in HIV patients, and even public awareness and access to AEDs [automated external defibrillators]. However, in regards to my daily clinical practice, I would acknowledge alternative oral options for anticoagulation as the most significant advancement.

Completed this sentence: When I chose to pursue a career in medicine, one thing I never expected was… The level of business acumen required to effective run a private practice.

What is your favorite home remedy (besides chicken soup)? A tablespoon of peanut butter at night to help with insomnia.

What is one of the most underdiagnosed conditions, in your opinion? Obstructive sleep apnea

Do you view medicine as more of an art or a science? I view medicine as an art. There are so many variables that physicians need to consider when deciding on treatment options, diagnostic testing, prescriptions and even end of life care. Science can guide us at times, but medical decision-making is an art.

Name one medical professional in the Nashville area that you admire. Why did you choose this person? The late Dr. John S. Johnson, who was the chief of medicine upon my initial hire at Saint Thomas Hospital. Dr. Johnson manifested the professionalism and idealism of an excellent physician to include (but not limited to) an impressive academic and clinical knowledge base, leadership capabilities and interpersonal skills.