As a cardiac critical care physician at Memorial’s Cardiac and Vascular Institute, I treat patients in the intensive care units diagnosed with advanced heart failure and recovering from heart surgery.
I was drawn to cardiology and critical care early in my medical training. I earned my medical degree in Puerto Rico, and received specialized cardiac and advanced heart failure training in New Orleans at Ochsner Medical Center, and critical care training at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.
When a patient is in the ICU, we must focus on the big picture – including prognosis, the goals of care and quality of life – while also paying close attention to all of the smaller details. Everything matters when someone is in critical condition – every organ system, every symptom, and each patient’s unique needs. We must heal our patients’ hearts while also ensuring they are recovering as a whole.
Every day, it is rewarding to do everything I can to help patients and their families come back from severe illness, however, the highlights of my career come when I run into past patients in the hallways of the hospital. It is always amazing to see someone who was once in critical condition bouncing back and making a full recovery. It is the reason I became a doctor and the reason I love working at Memorial Healthcare System.
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