Meet the Doctor: Chiduzie Madubata, MD
Chiduzie Madubata, MD, is a noninvasive cardiologist with Einstein Healthcare Network and sees patients at Einstein Cardiology Associates offices on Tabor Road in Philadelphia and on Township Line Road in Elkins Park. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Madubata is board certified in cardiovascular disease, cardiac CT, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and internal medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
We spoke recently with Dr. Madubata about his career, his interests, and cardiology at Einstein Healthcare Network.
Why did you decide to become a doctor?
Becoming a doctor combined two interests that I had growing up, an interest in science and an interest in helping people. I enjoyed many of the science classes I took in high school and college, and when I got a chance to shadow clinicians and saw how they made an impact in their patient’s lives, I saw how the scientific knowledge they learned could be used to develop treatment plans to help patients.
My parents also played a significant role in my decision. They encouraged me to consider entering medicine as a way to continue my scientific interests and help the larger society. Also, I was raised to always consider myself as part of a larger community and to think about how my actions affect others. From a young age, my parents reminded me to be aware of my actions in a way that set a good example for my siblings and helped other people outside of the family. I was taught not to be overly individualistic, but to always focus on others, particularly on those who have the greatest need.
Tell us about your medical education.
I obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard University. I then earned my medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine. For my internal medicine residency, I went to Brown University. Then, for my cardiovascular disease fellowship, I went to Drexel University to complete my medical training at Hahnemann University Hospital.
Why did you choose your specialty?
Cardiology fascinated me because of how intuitive it was compared to the other specialties I came across. Cardiovascular disease affects many people, and it is great to be in a specialty where you can immediately see the results of your treatments. I enjoyed seeing the ways that these concepts, such as how electricity is conducted through the heart and how blood pressure affects heart function, could be put into practice to improve patients’ lives.
What are your clinical interests?
My main interest is in cardiac imaging. I have had exposure to numerous types of cardiac imaging, such as cardiac CT, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. With imaging, you get a chance to see how different types of heart disease can manifest in real time, and you have a better understanding of why a patient may present in a particular way. From imaging, I get a chance to refine my approach to preventative care in a way that helps patients.
What drew you to Einstein?
I was attracted to Einstein because of its combination of collegiality and excellence. There are so many doctors who are incredibly skilled in what they do, and as a result, residents and fellows are inspired to strive to be excellent as well. It lends itself to a great educational environment that helps people to learn to become better doctors, and in the process, you form great relationships with mentors who are incredibly approachable. I find that my own development as an early career physician is being enhanced through the mentoring I am receiving from some of my colleagues.
Why should people choose Einstein for their cardiovascular care?
At Einstein, you will be cared for by cardiologists who are compassionate and highly competent at what they do. We offer all the specialties in cardiology, such as noninvasive cardiology, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology and heart failure, with a focus on providing quality and leading-edge care to anyone who walks through our doors. We also have a great relationship with exceptional cardiothoracic surgeons for those who need surgery.
What are your interests outside of work?
I’m interested in various kinds of music, particularly international music. There is something amazing about hearing how music is interpreted in other countries. Along the same lines, I enjoy participating in creating music with other people. I took pipe organ lessons for a few years and have played the organ as well as sung in choirs in different churches over the years. I still search for opportunities to create music when time allows.
What is your favorite book?
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. It was incredible to see a writer from Nigeria make an international impact telling the story of his people, and as a person of Nigerian descent, it created an immense sense of pride for me to read his words. I had a chance to meet him before he died, and it was a memorable experience; I never thought I would ever meet a writer of his stature.
What is your favorite sports team?
I’m a big soccer fan and enjoy watching the English Premier League. My favorite team in the EPL is Chelsea.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Hawaii. The sunsets and weather are amazing.
What is an interesting fact about you?
As a teenager, I spent many years studying foreign languages in middle school and high school, and I continued studying various languages in college. As a result, I can speak Portuguese, Spanish and French comfortably. This has helped me in my career, as I can put patients at ease who do not speak English as their first language. They are better able to express their concerns, and I think that hearing their own language during a medical conversation helps them to feel that their concerns are being fully appreciated.
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