A vascular surgeon at Yakima Vascular Associates, Lorena Demarco-Garcia became a surgeon in order to help people live happy lives. She believes it's key for patients to be comfortable with the doctor they're seeing, making sure patients never feel alone and always have someone to count on. Lorena went to medical school in Buenos Aires and did her residency in New York before choosing to settle in Yakima with her husband. She enjoys camping, trekking, and traveling to far away countries on different continents.
What inspired you to choose medicine as a career?
I knew that I wanted to become a doctor when I was sixteen or seventeen years old. I was debating whether I was always oriented towards biology and medicine, and then I decided to become a doctor. Right away I knew that I wanted to be a surgeon.
Do you have a philosophy or approach to working with patients?
I think in the patient-doctor relationship there are many things that are important. I think you have to be very comfortable with the doctors you are seeing, meaning that you need to be able to tell them everything. I think the way I approach the problems or the disease is with a team approach. I try to make the patients feel that they are not alone. They have to feel that they have somebody they can count on. As a patient, you are giving your body to the surgeons, so the relationship is very important. It's a lot of responsibility, but I think the team approach helps a lot in the process of making people healthier.
What do you appreciate most about the doctors and staff you work with?
As far as Memorial's culture, I've noticed there are a lot of physicians from all over the world. We have friends from Romania, Latin America, and India, so even coming from very cosmopolitan places like Argentina and New York, we felt comfortable. We feel like we are right at home here. The one thing that was really important to me was a community-oriented organization. They genuinely focus on how to make the community better. So that was one of the things that was important to us, and when I say us it's my husband and me. We've really wanted to make a difference in the community and Memorial is perfect for that.
What do you like about Yakima?
I like the outdoors and here you can go skiing, trekking, fishing, all within a five minute drive. That is a big difference coming from New York. There is no traffic and we really liked the medical community. You have to be happy where you work.
Tell me a little known fact about you or talk about what you like to do outside of work.
I like skiing, camping, trekking, and travelling. Whenever we can, I use my vacations to travel. I like different cultures so I really enjoy traveling to really far away countries and different continents.