What’s Up Doc: Doctor Athena Poppas, Cardiology

We talked to several of Rhode Island's 237 Top Doctors on why they chose medicine as a career and how, to them, it's more than a job.

We talked to several of Rhode Island’s 237 Top Doctors on why they chose medicine as a career and how, to them, it’s more than a job. Meet Doctor Athena Poppas, Cardiologist. 

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Doctor: Dr. Athena Poppas

Specialty: Cardiology

Hospital Affiliations: RIH, MIR


Why did you choose medicine as a career?

For me it is the ability to take a love of science and apply it to people. It is the understanding of health and disease and making people better.


Why did you choose your particular specialty?

Cardiology has the best of all the physiology of how the human body works. It is intellectually very interesting, it has the ability for most patients to get better and there are so many new things happening compared to even thirty years ago. It is a rapidly evolving field and is a very exciting area of medicine.


Do you take your job home with you?

As a physician you form a human bond with your patients. That is one of the joys and one of the risks because you get attached to them and sometimes patients aren’t doing well. That can make it emotionally difficult.


What are your other interests? What do you do for fun?

I have a husband and three adult children so I spend a lot of time with them. We like to travel a lot and do a lot of outdoor activities. We go skiing in the winter and we do a lot of hiking in the summer.



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