My approach to patient care
I believe in a strong partnership between the patient and their physician. I believe in engaging the patient in their care and helping them play an active role in the decision-making process. The physician’s role should be to promote health-related values, while trying to understand each patient’s point of view and beliefs.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths involving prescription opioids have increased by more than five times since 1999, and over 200,000 people have died from prescription opioids. It’s because of this data that I am committed to address the epidemic of opioid abuse and dependence. To ensure the best patient-physician relationship, I would like my patients to know upfront that I do not prescribe narcotics for chronic pain. I am happy to work with each patient on alternative treatments, and I can assure you that I will address your pain. I would also like my patients to know upfront that I do not prescribe stimulants. I am, however, happy to refer my patients with ADHD to Psychiatry.
I grew up in a medical family in Romania and have always been drawn to the practice of medicine and helping people. I finished medical school at Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest. Then I moved to the US and completed my Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Colorado.
I like to think of an “internist” as a doctor who knows a little bit of everything. Through the nature of my profession, I have managed critically ill patients and have been exposed to a wide variety of medical issues. With my previous experience as a hospitalist, I can appreciate how important it is for patients to have adequate follow-up with their primary care doctor after leaving the hospital – and how that proper follow-up can even prevent unnecessary hospitalizations.
During my time off, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two beautiful daughters. We like to travel, hike and explore the beauties of Colorado. I also graduated from the Music and Fine Arts High School “Dinu Lipatti”, Pitesti, Romania in 1994, and so I enjoy playing the piano; it relaxes me. I hope that my daughters will share my passion for music.
Qualifications and experience
- Internal Medicine
- Languages spoken
Doctor of Medicine
University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila
University of Colorado School of Medicine
- Board Certification
Certification Agency Member Board Specialty Year American Board of Internal Medicine American Board of Medical Specialties Internal Medicine 2010
- Clinical interest for patients
I have a clinical interest in a wide variety of conditions:
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart failure
- Pulmonary conditions
- Gastroenterology conditions
- Chronic renal failure
- Autoimmune conditions
- Disease prevention and health promotion
- Research interest for patients
Since residency, I have been passionate about endocrinology and was very lucky to work with some renowned mentors from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
More recently, during my work as a hospitalist, I was involved in several quality improvement projects, nursing education projects and implementing a system to reconcile medications, standardizing the discharge process and communication processes.