What is your educational background? What is your career history?
I grew up and received most of my medical schooling in the Philippines. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology and earned my Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. My internal medicine residency and cardiovascular fellowships were completed at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Then I finished two more years of post-fellowship training in interventional cardiology and peripheral/structural training at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in Louisiana before coming to Altru.
What inspired you to start practicing medicine?
Originally, I wanted to pursue a career in information technology, but God had other plans for me. Seeing the faces of my patients when I make a difference in their lives is the reason I keep working in this field. Given the same opportunities, I would make the same choices again.
Why did you choose cardiology as your specialty?
Cardiology was the easiest for me to understand; the heart is like a pump with valves that runs on electricity. Interesting fact: Pediatrics was my first choice, but it was tough dealing with babies.
What is the best part about your job?
The best part of my job is making a difference in my patients’ lives.
What or who do you feel has had the biggest impact on your career so far?
My classmate who was at the top of our med school class.
How do you measure success?
There are many ways to measure success. Some would say it is going up the ranks, some would say financial success, some would say professional growth. I personally choose to measure success as being able to deliver the care that patients expect me to deliver, being able to serve as a role model to my peers and partners, and keeping family as #1 priority through it all.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I enjoy playing tennis and video games.
If you had an extra hour every day, what would you spend it doing?
I would spend an extra hour a day with my family.
What excites you most about Altru’s future?
The potential to grow and deliver more cutting-edge care to our region is what excites me most about the future of Altru.