My name is Onur Yenigun (also known as “dr.onury” via Instagram). 

I am a Stanford ER Resident Doctor and Former US Marine.


WATCH Dr.Onur’s Real Caregivers interview here.

I still can’t believe I’m here. It all started as a dream, a fantasy in the mind of a young schoolboy raised by a single mom. My father left when I was three, and most of my childhood was spent bouncing around between family member’s homes while my mother tried to get back on her feet. We were struggling just to get by on government assistance, and the thought of one day becoming a physician felt far beyond my reach. The idea latched on though, gripping my heart like a vice and surfacing often.

I still remember the day, sitting at my aunt’s house watching the TV show ER and realizing that one of the nurses looked just like my mother. Inspired, I called her that evening and told her that I thought she should become a nurse because they looked so happy on TV. Mom agreed, and I moved back home with her spending hours after school translating nursing books into Turkish to help her study. It was through this experience of helping my mother, watching her succeed, and learning the basic functions of the body myself that my passion for medicine was cemented.

“It’s never too late to follow your dreams, but it’s always too early to give up on them.”

I knew that this was what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to become a physician, connecting with people, touching their lives and being there for them in their most challenging and darkest of times. At the same time, I had to do one of the most difficult things I had ever done – step back and critically evaluate myself and accept my weaknesses. In a world where we are constantly judged by others, it’s beyond challenging to be our own critics. It was absolutely necessary though, and I quickly realized that I didn’t have the self-confidence or discipline to pursue my goals.


As I head into my last week of ICU, I think it's important to take a moment to reflect. I came in a bit nervous, uncertain of my abilities, but confident that with hard work and an open mind I would conquer this as well. It's ok, actually it's more than OK to head into a new situation with just a bit of hesitation and anxiety. It heightens the senses, making you a bit more cautious and less likely to make errors. Plus, it's motivation to pay attention and absorb knowledge throughout the day. Those that come in overconfident with a monumental ego often act with abandon, increasing the risk of harm to both the patient and themselves. Furthermore, those that consider themselves all-knowing are less open to learning and ultimately get less out of the rotation. It's important to be comfortable and confident in the knowledge you already have, but it's equally important to respect the fact that you don't know it all, and that you see every experience as an opportunity for improvement. #realcaregiversrealstories


Such a blast teaching our awesome PA students bedside echo yesterday!
It’s definitely one of my favorite scans, and can give us a ton of information when a patient rolls in with chest pain or shortness of breath.

Ultrasound - Learn it, love it! @allheartscrubs
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So, I enlisted in the Marine Corps Infantry. They shipped me off to boot camp where I was broken down, shattered to the core and rebuilt once more. I bled, sweat, cried, and served next to some of the greatest men I’ve ever met. It was a transformative experience, and one I wouldn’t trade for a thing in the world. I left stronger, both physically and emotionally. I walked away more confident, ready to topple any obstacle within my path and face any challenge placed before me.

Now, after years of undergraduate training and medical school here I stand an Emergency Medicine resident. The opportunity to touch so many lives, care for those truly in need, and support another human being through immense psychological and physiological stressors is a true blessing and honor.

I was once a young boy, with a dream he thought was beyond the stars. Now, after years of hard work, a great deal of introspection and a dose of self-confidence I wake into that dream every day.

Raise your arms to the sky friends, nothing is out of your reach.


Eyes bloodshot, sleepy, and worn out by a long week but still wearing a smile because I’m doing what I love and these babies in the Pediatric ER are just too darn cute! @allheartscrubs
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“It’s never too late to follow your dreams, but it’s always too early to give up on them.”

After a couple months of off-service rotations and cramming for board exams, I’m finally heading back into the Emergency Department today.
Lots of feelings - nervous, excited, and slightly stressed but most of all thrilled to be heading back home to the part of the hospital where my friends and family are.

Moments like this remind me that I chose the right profession, right specialty, and right place to learn it all.


So honored to have been awarded Save Of the Month! “For diagnosing massive PE on bedside ECHO and starting tPA while the patient was still on the EMS gurney”

I love my job. I really, really do.

Moments like this are about confidence, and the willingness to act on what is often limited data. It’s about believing in yourself, your knowledge base, and your instinct. It’s taking a calculated risk in efforts of saving a life.
It’s scary, it’s fast, and often unforgiving.
I’m so fortunate to be surrounded by some of the best and brightest minds here at Stanford. They’re amazing people that push me to excel, and force me to grow.
These are the moments I’ll #neverforget @stanfordemed
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#believeinyourself #allheartsquad

“It’s okay to fall, it’s fine to fail, so long as you learn from the experience and grow from it.”

Every shift, full of wonder. -
Each EMS ring-down a new adventure. -
Patient after patient, lessons learned and memories forged. -
Emotions, a whirlwind of fear, joy, sorrow and thrill. -
Day by day, we grow stronger and more confident. -
Facing unease, fighting uncertainty, and battling disease. -
This is our life. -
This is what we do. -
This is what we love. -
This, is Emergency Medicine. -

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“When the skies are dark, and the hideosity of hatred spoils the very air we breathe, it’s up to each and every one of us to let our inner light shine and beauty glow.

Remember that darkness itself is nothing but the absence of light. Together, we can burn brighter than a thousand suns and bring peace, joy, and love back to this planet. It is our home, and by our I mean each and every human being. We must love without borders, have compassion without boundaries, and see without color. We are one. We are the people. We will come together and mend what is fractured, and heal what is hurting.

There is no USA without US, and no US without every beautiful individual on this rock which we call home.”

We’re all born a pile of tinder, searching for that spark that sets us ablaze.

Find yours, feed the flames, and let’s set this world on fire 🔥. Sponsored by @cherokeeuniforms 📸: @jonnycarls


The universe works in such mysterious, yet amazing ways. After 3 weeks of long hours, six days a week in the ICU it was starting to get to me a bit. I was feeling fatigued and beat down after rounds this morning and figured I'd head down to noon conference for some lunch and learning. As I opened the door I heard a familiar voice, once I looked up I almost let out a little yelp! Dr. Lawrence Tierney, one of my medicine attendings during Med school was giving a talk all the way down here in the peninsula. This man is one of the most intelligent, compassionate, and caring physicians that I've ever met. He taught me to think about the big picture, how to learn from each and every patient, and to always believe in myself. Dr. Tierney's passion for his work inspired me as a medical student, and again fueled the flame within me today. Thank you so much, sir. #realcaregiversrealstories

“There will be moments where you feel as though you can’t go on. These are your opportunities to grow. This is your chance to shatter your self-proposed boundaries and set new limits. Embrace it, fight, and better yourself.”

GET THE LOOK: Dr. Onur is rocking his new #InfinityScrubs by @cherokeescrubs.