What was your first job?
Dr. Jaafar: My first job was as the director of the emergency room for the Medina Community Hospital in Hondo. I would work 48 hour shifts with my two partners rotating in between my shifts. This job allowed me to develop my desire to continue my practice in rural areas that desperately need internists. As a result, in 1999, I opened two practices in Castroville and Bandera. A few years later, I opened a practice in Boerne, then Utopia and San Antonio.
What would you do if you weren’t a doctor?
Dr. Jaafar: I would most likely be a scientist or chemist. I have always been fascinated with these areas and can easily see myself in either field.
What’s something about you that nobody knows?
Dr. Jaafar: I am an avid hunter and fisherman. I spend most weekends on a boat or in the woods; these are my outlets and time to unwind. I always prepare the meat and fish from my trips by myself for my family’s pleasure.
What’s the best advice your parents gave you?
Dr. Jaafar: I am from a family of 10 and my parents always have stressed the importance of family. I have always been told to take care of my siblings and place their needs before my own. I apply this principle in my life and make sure that my wife, kids, and the rest of my family are never in need of anything that I can provide.
What did you enjoy most about medical school?
Dr. Jaafar: My medical school experience involved traveling to various countries and throughout the U.S. to complete my schooling. It was a great experience training in other countries and learning about different cultures. I can now apply this experience to my practice as I better understand cultural variances.
What’s your favorite childhood memory?
Dr. Jaafar: The craziness of having nine brothers and sisters. There was never a dull moment in our home.