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George Kinzfogl, MD
Town where you live: Sudbury, MA
Family(name of spouse/kids/pets):Spouse:KathyChildren:Michael (8), Christine (7), Tommy (6)
Interests and hobbies: I enjoy travel,exercise, and American History. Right now, my travel mostly consists of drivingaround to sports fields, gyms, and hockey rinks around the state, attending mychildren’s sporting events.
What do you most like about your work; what do youlike least?
As a cardiologist I enjoy the long-term relationships Ibuild with my patients. I may initially meet someone when they come to thehospital with a serious, sometimes life-threatening heart condition.Thankfully, we have great treatments for cardiovascular disease. I then enjoyseeing people as outpatients with an emphasis on cardiovascular diseaseprevention so they hopefully won’t need further hospitalization or procedures. What do I like the least? Iam strong advocate of patient-centered, scientifically-driven, cost-effectivecare. I am worried that the way physicians can best achieve these universalgoals is not fully taken into account by healthcare policy-makers.
What are two memories from your career that stickwith you the most?
I remember being on-call my first night as an intern atMassachusetts General Hospital, admitting patients to the Intensive Care Unitand realizing I loved clinical medicine. During my fellowship at BIDMC, Itrained under a world-expert in electrocardiography, who taught me to not justread a test using memorized criteria, but to really think about what each testcan tell you about the individual patient and their condition.
What are three pieces of advice you have for living ahealthy life?
Make it a goal to exercise for 150 minutes a week. Even those weekswhere you don’t have the time, try to do a minimum of 75 minutes ofexercise a weekEat in moderation, and whenever possible eat real foods - such afruits, vegetables, complex grains, and lean sources of protein. Avoidanything that comes in a neon wrapper, or the ingredient list reads likean advanced chemistry experiment.Don’t smoke cigarettes, you’ll be healthier and think of all themoney you’ll save.
What are three pieces of advice you have for someoneconsidering a career in this field of work?
Cardiology is extremely rewarding but it requires a lotof hard-work that doesn’t end once you finish your formal training. You arealways learning, but not just by keeping up with the latest scientificbreakthroughs. Listen to your patients - they’ll teach you a lot and they’llmake you a better doctor if you take the time to hear their message.