By TYLER MASK
Every kid has dreams of what they want to be when they grow up. Subrahman R. Boyareddigari, MD, S.R. Boya for short, is a local physician who works with Palo Pinto General Hospital, and specializes in gastroenterology and internal medicine.
As complicated as his specialties sound, his journey into the medical field was born out of a desire he has held since childhood.
“My grandmother had a tremendous influence on me,” Boya said. “She always thought I would be a doctor for some reason,” he continued with laughter. “She planted the seed.”
In India, families desire their children to join the ranks of doctors and other fields requiring high levels of education, Boya said. His family was no exception. For as long as he can remember, his family stood behind his educational training, and Boya put forth a tremendous effort to better himself, which paid off.
Boya ended up doing very well in school, rising to the top tier in education. As a result, his childhood dream would become a reality because his rankings allowed him to pursue the medical field.
After completing his preliminary medical training in 1976 in India, Boya came to the states to gain a specialty.
“In India, being a democratic country, we are well tuned into what is happening in [the United States],” Boya said. “It always fascinated me, the advancement in the medical field, so I wanted to be apart of it.”
Although many may venture to the states alone, Boya had an uncle who was already living here, making his decision to come to the states easier.
If five years for his basics weren’t already enough, Boya ended up studying seven more years before practicing. In 1984, he completed his schooling. In all, he has a combination of 14 degrees and certifications.