Member Spotlight: Jan Eckermann
Orange County, CA - June 14 - “I feel like I’m living the American dream,” Dr. Jan Eckermann said. When he first arrived in America at the young age of 19, Dr. Eckermann only had $400 in his pocket and a student visa. Now Dr. Eckermann is a board certified neurosurgeon with his own boutique practice in Newport Beach and producer of luxury cigars.
“I feel like a lot of Americans who were born and raised here take it for granted that we’re still, for the most part I think, a meritocracy,” Dr. Eckermann recalled. “If I was completely lazy, I probably wouldn’t have done anything and hoped to get some government handouts and whatnot. So I feel like if I can do it, anyone can do it and there are countless examples.”
“I find it [neurosurgery] fascinating,” admitted Dr. Eckermann who has watched the field change rapidly over the past decade. “Maybe someday we’ll never open a skull again. Maybe some nanobots injected through your veins will take care of everything even in my lifetime.”