Rhode Island Top Doctors 2021
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Carla C. Moreira
I love vascular surgery because it’s demanding, it’s challenging and it’s never boring. There are no two vascular patients who are the same or two vascular procedures that are exactly alike. One of the most rewarding aspects of doing this type of work is that I get to develop long-term relationships with my patients. I spend a lot of time talking, educating and asking questions and learning from them. These relationships grow and change, from the first-time meeting under dire circumstances in the emergency department where trust must be built quickly because every second lost could mean a lost limb, or a life not saved, to the moment right before a patient goes off to sleep and I hold their hand and say, “We will take good care of you,” to the clinic visits when the incision isn’t healing well. I’m always humbled and honored that I can share in these incredible experiences and be a part of someone’s life story of triumph, survival and, hopefully, a dignified death.
COVID has had a remarkable impact on our work. It’s made access more challenging for patients with severe mental illness. It’s also made access to addiction medicine treatment challenging. It’s been associated with more alcohol use in the general population and that’s resulted in medical and neuropsychiatric consequences. At the same time, the virus itself appears to directly affect brain and neuropsychiatric functions. Even as COVID has stressed the entire population, it’s significantly stressed health care providers. Here at Lifespan, we’ve had the chance to work with our colleagues to try to provide support where we can.
Day to day, the most rewarding part of my job is the opportunity to engage patients around their neuropsychiatric illness: to educate, reassure and treat them. It is equally fun to work at Rhode Island Hospital and at Brown with such amazing colleagues and learn from them as we focus on our shared work and mission.
The COVID pandemic has affected all of us in one way or another. The upheaval of our society has shown us the vulnerability of our norms, and the importance of sports and recreation to our social, mental and physical wellbeing has really been brought to light. We will be dealing with its deleterious effects for many years to come. Understanding these effects, both acute and chronic, will be essential to providing the best care possible in the future.
Sports medicine is my dream career. The ability to merge my love of sports with my passion for medicine is the ultimate job and I truly enjoy the privilege of helping individuals recover from injury. There is no better feeling than assisting patients in achieving their goals, whether as individuals or as part of a team. As I mature, I realize that there is nothing more valuable than your health. Helping people through acute injuries is rewarding, but helping people understand their body serves as an invaluable preventative function as well.