Physicians in the Corridor are some of the most dedicated in the business. They all take your health seriously, so it’s hard to just say that a few are making a difference. However, here are four doctors making a difference here in Addison and the North Dallas Corridor that routinely go above and beyond for their patients.
Dr. Vijay Ramanath, Interventional Cardiologist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Even though Dr. Ramanath is relatively new to medicine, he feels he is already making a difference in the Corridor.
“I was born in Rochester, NY,” says Dr. Ramanath, “and have spent most of my time in the Northeast part of the U.S., including medical school and medical training. My wife and I wanted a taste of the South, so we moved to the North Dallas area. I have been practicing medicine for four years.”
Every day, Dr. Ramanath finds his job extremely rewarding. “The patient interactions,” he says,” the cutting edge technology that allows us to less invasively treat conditions that previously were not possible, when a patient comes in with an acute heart attack and then leaves the hospital a couple of days later feeling back to normal.”
Previously recognized for treating the first patient at Texas Health using the AngioVac device, Dr. Ramanath finds the rapidly progressing technology to be a boon when it comes to practicing medicine. The chance to help a patient who five years ago would have been told there was nothing that could be done is what keeps Dr. Ramanath going every day. That, and his wife and two beautiful children of course.
Dr. Richard Hostin, Medical Director of Baylor Scoliosis Center
Dr. Richard Hostin has been with the Scoliosis Center since 2006 and has watched the center grow into one of the largest tertiary referral centers for the treatment of spinal conditions. Research is large part of Dr. Hostin’s practice. He helped write 15 articles published in peer reviewed journals last year and was a part of 35 abstracts. Currently, he is researching surgical techniques and procedures that will allow his patients shorter recovery times without sacrificing results.
“I’ve wanted to be a doctor since I was 6 years old,” says Dr. Hostin. “I liked the idea of helping people. Being a spinal deformity surgeon enables me to give my patients a big instant visual improvement in their bodies, and it can bring back both their functional ability and confidence. Many of my adult patients come to me with a great amount of disability and limitation in their activities of daily living. The surgical interventions we provide are often able to make a profound difference in their day to day lives and provide a positive impact to their future.
One patient sent me a letter of how much her life had changed after surgery. She sent me a picture of her life before her spinal surgery and a picture of her life afterwards. Before she was limited to a wheelchair and now she is up walking and being an active participant in her life. She is enjoying living her life, doing what she wants, not what her deformity dictates she can.
Every patient’s story is a new challenge. My goal with each patient is to be attentive with their concerns and expectations. I meticulously listen to my patients explain their lives, their pain, and their dreams. After listening to their situation and examining them, I give them a realistic expected outcome. I let each patient evaluate their options and tell me what they want to do. I enjoy being a part of people’s lives, with or without surgery.”
Dr. Michael Isaac, Director of Quality Cardiology Outcomes at Medical City Dallas
An interventional cardiologist with more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Isaac not only diagnoses heart problems in patients but also performs vascular procedures.
“I wanted to make a difference in patients’ lives,” says Dr. Isaac, “but continue to take care of them after the procedure as well. I’m blessed with good hands. It’s an exhilarating feeling to take a person from the brink of death and bring them back to normal life. It’s so rewarding, and an immediate gratification. It’s really a privilege to do. They become like family almost to you. You can care for them for years after their procedure.
One of my patients was supposed to have died 10 years earlier, in 1998. They wanted to put him in hospice. His pumping function was five percent. I opened all three arteries with stents. In 2008, he came to me at Christmas time. He told me he had three daughters, but no son. He gave me a beautiful gold pocket watch – it had been passed down from his grandfather, to his father and then to him. He wanted me to have it. He told me that every time I look at the watch, I should remember that I gave him 10 more years with his daughters.”
After 20 years, Dr. Isaac says he still feels like he’s exactly where he’s supposed to be. “I feel God put me here for this reason,” he says. “When you are blessed to do something, you have to do it with a glad heart. That’s what keeps me going every day.”
Dr. Kyle Stuart, Orthopedic Surgeon at Dallas Medical Center
A Dallas native, Dr. Stuart attended Mesquite High School where he played football for the Mesquite Skeeters. He went on to graduate from medical school at UT Southwestern and specializes in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle. He also has a special interest in medical missions, spending time in the Yucatan and Juarez, Mexico. He also served as an emergency responder after Hurricane Ike hit Galveston in 2009.
“As a precocious five year-old I remember telling my parents I wanted to become a doctor,” says Dr. Stuart. “It did not matter what kind of doctor; I just wanted to be a doctor. Orthopedic surgery and sports medicine provided a perfect fit because it fulfilled my desire to be a physician and my love of sports and athletic competition. The best part of being a doctor is seeing a person who has lost the capability to do the everyday things we all take for granted, whether it be from injury or illness, and relieving their pain, regaining their function and restoring their quality of life.”
There are moments every day when Dr. Stuart feels he has made a difference, but “the most rewarding was on a recent medical mission trip to Machala, Ecuador. Over 200 people lined the hallways of the hospital to welcome us with a standing ovation. They were so grateful that we had come to their village. It was a great start to a wonderful trip.”
These are just four of the many doctors working here in the Addison and North Dallas Corridor making a difference. With amazing doctors like these, we can all sleep a little easier tonight knowing that we are in good hands.