By Liana Jacob
MEET the hot doctor whose insanely good looks have prompted flirtatious advances from his enamoured patients including controversial jokes suggesting he could be a male-stripper and women volunteering for a “pelvic check”.
Emergency medicine physician, Jedidiah Ballard (36), from Atlanta, USA, grew up in a poor environment while working in manual labour from a young age, living in a barn for most of his primary school years.
Motivated by his brother who was a marine corps special operation in the army, he decided to join too hoping to take care of elite soldiers. He was active in the army for five years; he spent three years training to be an emergency medicine physician and the last two years he was a Battalion Surgeon for the 75th Ranger regiment.
Throughout his career in medicine he has received numerous comments about his appearance.
“I have had a friend in the room say ‘girl, I’d let him do my pelvic’ while I was checking for sexually transmitted diseases in a young female,” Jedidiah said.
“A group of three church ladies in their fifties and sixties in bright outfits and hats laughed when I walked in the room a second time because they had been joking with the friend they were visiting that this was all a joke and I was actually a stripper.
“Growing up in a working-class family where physical strength and grit was respected, I wanted to prove to myself that I was tough enough to endure some of the most difficult military training in spite of my transition into the white collar academic workforce.
“I earned my Honour Graduate at Airborne School, and I was among thirty-one of my starting class of 386 to go straight through Ranger School without remediation and deployed to Afghanistan and the Korean border.
“Ranger School can get pretty uncomfortable. In a 61-day period, I lost 20 pounds of muscle, I went a full week on eight hours of sleep, I was wet for ten-days-straight and I lost most of skin on the bottom of my feet.
“I spent all night shivering waist-deep in a pitch-black swamp and ate an ant covered sandwich out of the trash in three huge bits to avoid getting caught.
“I lived on the North Korean border for four months and got out of an argument with my girlfriend at the time when we got mortared in Afghanistan and knocked out our communication lines.
“I legitimately get to play a large role in saving a life on a regular basis. As an ER doctor, I get a rapid and unique window into peoples’ lives.
“We serve the whole societal gamut; from new-borns to the elderly, all races, homeless to wealthy. To maximise their chances of getting the help they need, people share intimate details with me during a brief interaction; I’m very cognisant what an honour that is.”
As well as working in the medical field, Jedidiah has a passion for fitness and has been keeping to a strict routine.
He has also been a poster boy for Men’s Health magazine after winning their annual competition to find their ‘Ultimate Guy’.
“The contest is judged on fitness, life achievement, service, personal story etc. If it was just fitness, I wouldn’t have entered,” Jedidiah said.
“I am realistic and there are countless of other bigger, more cut guys out there. I do maintain a high level of fitness, I have been blessed with a unique story and my humanitarian work has been a passion of mine for years, so I gave it a shot.
“Initially, I sent three pictures and answered five short questions, which evolved into spending two days in New York City with the other two finalists, where we worked out, got interviewed and did a cover shoot.
“People have time for what they make time for, period. Fitness is important to me, so I work out five to seven-days-a-week regardless of what other demands are placed on my schedule,” he said.
“I train efficiently, balanced and functional lifting in a total body manner using multi-joint moves two to three times a week; each session lasting 45 minutes to an hour.
“The other days, I am active using a combination of walking, running, sprinting, swimming and playing pick-up sports. Most of my cardio occurs in sprint intervals, high intensity, but only 20 to 30 minutes for the total workout.”
For more information visit: www.mediadrumworld.com