Meet Dr. Eva Quiroz – LewisGale Medical Center

(upbeat music) – My name is Dr. Eva Quiroz and I’m an Infectious Disease Specialist who joined LewisGale Medical
Center in Salem, Virginia in 2017. (upbeat music) I was born in Staten Island, New York and when I was about four years-old, we moved to Colorado to a very small town and then eventually, we moved to Ponce, Puerto Rico. My first language was English and then I learned Spanish. My grandmother was ill with cancer and so she died when I was five years-old and that was one of the reasons
we moved to Puerto Rico. At the age of five, I
had a sense of a vocation in medicine. That was before my grandmother’s
diagnosis of cancer. And she had a family medicine book at home and I used to
browse through the book. I felt a sense of that this might be what I was called to do in life. To be a healer. And I read the story of
a little girl with polio and I would go over the
pictures again and again and I was interested in the healing process. (upbeat music) When we moved to Puerto Rico, I went to Catholic school and
I’d focus on my education and then they had a program in science and
medicine at Catholic University. I received a grant to attend Catholic University
and their medical school which was Ponce School of Medicine. When I finished and graduated from medical
school in Puerto Rico in 1993, I moved to Tampa, Florida and attended the University of South
Florida College of Medicine where I completed internship and residency
in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Infectious Disease in ’98. Infectious disease is the most interesting field that I could imagine being part of and it’s because it’s so intense and detailed oriented in terms of finding out what’s causing. It’s all in the history. When you get to talk to someone and then learn about the travel history,
learn about their family and what had they had been exposed to and if that was causing illness or not. And we also work with transplant patients, the Cardiac Transplant Program at Tampa General Hospital, the Renal Transplant Program. We also did rotations in Oncology, so we treated the immune-compromise and what happened when the
immune system breaks down and then you’re more prone to other types of infectious diseases, such as fungal infections or tuberculosis that might reactivate after being immune-compromised. So it was very comprehensive
and it included every field so I thought that this was
a perfect field for me. (upbeat music) The next step, I went to a conference and I learned about the Epidemic
Intelligence Service Program at the Center for Disease Control. And the amazing thing is that that story about polio when I was just a little five year-old at that program, I was able to participate in a polio eradication program. So I joined the Center
for Disease Control, I applied for the fellowship, and then I joined active duty with United States Public Health Service. Part of the program is studying epidemics and so I attended the National
Center for Infectious Disease and was assigned to the
Viral Gastroenteritis section and our duty was to investigate outbreaks. There were different
outbreak investigations in different locations and then the opportunity to participate
in polio eradication in Bangladesh. I love working with the communities. And one of my passions is being able to teach and being able to share with people and learn from them. That was the amazing thing
with polio eradication is that we went to the hard to reach areas in the communities and that includes the orphanages, brothels, hard to reach slum areas, and then we would try to teach them about
polio, about vaccination, about the national immunization days, and work together as a team. So I love that part of medicine. I was active duty at U.S.
Public Health Service in at the Center for Disease
Control and Prevention from 1998 until 2000 and then I joined
Infections Disease practice in Pensacola, Florida. We covered three hospitals and it was a busy practice and it was very interesting time. Then I relocated to California. And I joined a practice, an
Infectious Disease practice, which was a multi-specialty group in 2004. And I worked with them until 2006 and then I opened my own practice and it
was a hospital-based practice at one hospital. And I was working until 2016. Until I joined another multi-specialty group. (upbeat music) In 2017, I started interviewing at different practices
in different locations in the United States and I was told about this town in Virginia, Roanoke, Virginia and a hospital called LewisGale Medical Center. And when I arrived, it felt so warm and the people were so welcoming. One of the main reasons I joined the
Infectious Disease practice here at LewisGale is that I saw the caring and compassion of the physician. I was able to see their caring about the community, the desire to improve the programs, the desire to help people. So that heart of service to the community was one of the things that
attracted me to LewisGale Medical Center. The other thing that I really enjoyed is that walking around the community and meeting with people
and just talking to them, either at a shop, or at a boutique, they would say LewisGale Medical Center is my hospital and those are my physicians. And that made me feel happy to join the program here. And proud to become
part of this community. (upbeat music) When I arrived in Roanoke at the airport, I saw the Blue Ridge Mountains, the greenery, beautiful nature. I felt that this would
be the perfect place where you have access to the big city and you have access to events, but you also have the opportunity to have a personal retreat like everyday. And be able to enjoy nature. I enjoy reading, and writing, and also, being able to join community events, and make friends, and do things together. And then I feel that it’s beautiful here. (upbeat music) I believe that all of
the experiences in life help us become the person that we are today. And I believe that being able to go from a city as New York, to a small city in Colorado, to grow up in Puerto Rico
in a very small community surrounded by nature and being able to see the rain forest, and the dry forest, and be able to work with a community, and see a different aspect, and then travel to Tampa, and to Pensacola,
and to California, here and abroad, Guatemala, Bangladesh, all of it helps me see people in a different way, learn about the communities,
develop a passion to help, so I believe that I’ve been blessed and it’s been an honor to be able to serve and see different things. What I hope to bring here is that passion to serve. And, to love the community as well. (upbeat music)

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