"Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor's Struggle for Home in Rural America"

Jul 2, 2019

In 2013, Dr. Ayaz Virji left a comfortable job at an East Coast hospital and moved to a medical facility in a small town in Minnesota; he felt personally driven -- indeed, he felt called -- to address the dire shortage of doctors in rural America. But in 2016, his choice to relocate was tested when the reliably blue and working-class county where he lived swung for Donald Trump. Leading up to and following Trump's election, Dr. Virji  was shocked to suddenly see his children facing anti-Muslim remarks at school. Also, some of his most loyal patients began to question whether he and his family even belonged in the community. What had happened? What had changed, and why? And what could he do about it? Dr. Virji is our guest today on ST Medical Monday. His new book is "Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor's Struggle for Home in Rural America."