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Peter Vasquez, MD joined Primary Care Arlington this summer. A native New Yorker, Dr. Vasquez received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his residency at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine. Early in his training, he knew he wanted to be an internist “because I like managing the overall health of my patients and following them throughout their lives. Practicing primary care medicine allows me to build relationships and a rapport that you don’t find in all areas of specialized medicine,” he says. In addition to practicing preventive health and helping patients manage chronic diseases such as hypertension or diabetes, Dr. Vasquez is interested in mental health and how it affects a patient’s physical health. The result is a true “whole-patient” perspective that enhances his ability to provide excellent care for his patients as part of a long-term relationship.
Dr. Vasquez is accepting new patients. Visit vhcphysiciangroup.com/arlington.
Breast Reconstructive Microsurgery
Sarosh Zafar, MD, plastic and reconstructive surgeon, has joined The Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health. A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Zafar received her bachelor’s degree in science from Villanova University and her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine. She completed a full residency in general surgery at Drexel. She then completed her residency in plastic surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital in The Texas Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in microsurgery at the University of California, San Francisco. “My advanced training took me all over the country,” says Dr. Zafar. “It has helped me evaluate surgical problems and solutions from many different viewpoints.” Free flap breast reconstruction surgery is a particular area of interest for Dr. Zafar. This intricate microsurgery procedure results in a more natural look and feel for the patient, as well as one that ages more naturally. “Breast reconstruction is my passion,” says Dr. Zafar. “For me, it’s been an incredibly rewarding and satisfying field.”
Dr. Zafar is accepting new patients. Visit vhcphysiciangroup.com/plastic.
Fertility & Breast Cancer
New to The Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health this summer, breast surgeon Devina McCray, MD has an interest in advanced surgery techniques to improve cosmetic outcomes, including nipple-sparing mastectomy and oncoplastic breast conservation surgery. Dr. McCray earned her medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, did her general surgery residency at Florida Hospital in Orlando, and completed a breast surgical oncology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. “My work at Cleveland Clinic included research to determine if reproductive-age women diagnosed with breast cancer received fertility counseling, including assessment of their interest in future child-bearing, since treatment may affect reproduction,” says Dr. McCray. “We found that about 26% had received reproduction counseling. This is more than what was previously published, but there is much room for improvement. It’s important that women of reproductive age are aware of the impact treatment such as chemotherapy and anti-hormone therapy can have on fertility and should know their options at the time of diagnosis.” As a result of her work, Dr. McCray’s research was accepted for national presentation to the American Society of Breast Surgeons and for publication in the Annals of Surgical Oncology.
Dr. McCray is accepting new patients. Visit vhcphysiciangroup.com/breast-health.
Convenient, Excellent Care
“So many of my female patients tell me, ‘I’ve seen my OB/GYN for the past 15 years, but I don’t have a primary care physician,’” says Kimberly Houde, MD
of Primary Care McLean
. A board-certified internist, Dr. Houde knows the importance of early detection of problems, and the vital role a primary care physician plays in monitoring a patient’s overall health. “A lot of women in our area work full time and have families, leaving little or no time to visit different doctors,” says Dr. Houde. “In our practice, we also offer gynecology services, including clinical breast exams, pap smears and symptom management for menopause—a one-stop shop for a patient who is otherwise pressed for time.” As a primary care physician, Dr. Houde treats all patients, men and women alike, from a whole person perspective. By making time to see a doctor for preventive care and routine screenings, patients are able to take better control of their health, working on strategies and small changes that can make a big difference in their quality of life.
All of the physicians at Primary Care McLean are accepting new patients. Visit vhcphysiciangroup.com/mclean
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