Luis Diaz Caballero, MD
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Meet the Doctor: Luis Diaz Caballero, MD

By on 02/16/2022

Luis Diaz Caballero, MD, is the Medical Director of Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia’s Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU). He is board certified in internal medicine and critical care medicine. He also sees patients in the hospital’s Step Down Unit, General Medicine Floor and the Emergency Department for evaluation and possible transfer to the MICU or to give recommendations for therapy.

We recently spoke with Dr. Diaz about his career, his interests and critical care medicine at Einstein Healthcare Network.

Q: Why did you decide to become a doctor?

A: I started thinking about becoming a doctor when I was in high school. I loved biology, the way biological systems interact, and the way cells communicate between themselves. It is amazing. It was during high school that I became fascinated with how the human body worked. I would say that was when I thought I would like to be a doctor.

Q: Tell us about your education background.

A: I was born in Colombia and completed my basic school years there. I attended medical school at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. I worked as a general practitioner for a number of years. Then I completed my internal medicine residency at Universidad Javeriana and Critical Care Medicine at Hospital de San José in Bogota.

I was very interested in American Medicine and came to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania, for my second internal medicine residency and then to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for a fellowship in critical care medicine.

Q: Why did you choose your specialty?

A: Critical care medicine offers a unique opportunity to combine a comprehensive understanding of disease with direct acute patient care. Most of our patients are extremely ill, with a high risk of death. They need the best care possible, which we love to provide.

Q: What are your clinical interests?

A: My focus is on medical, surgical and cardiovascular intensive care medicine. I am very interested in a strong clinical practice, in research about patients’ outcomes, in sepsis therapy and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) management. Currently, here at Einstein, we are actively participating in a multi-center clinical research trial with a new therapy for patients in septic shock.

Q: What drew you to Einstein?

A: I was looking for an academic institution where I can perform the things I enjoy the most: teaching, research and caring for critically ill patients. The idea of coming back to work in Pennsylvania, and particularly to Philadelphia, was very appealing to me and motivated me to make this decision.

Q: Why should people choose Einstein for critical care?

A: Einstein is a very well-known health system that provides excellent care. It is a teaching hospital that offers more than 40 accredited programs for residency and fellowship training programs. It is a Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center and provides state-of-the-art critical care medicine.

Q: What are your interests outside of work?

A: At work, I am very interested in research and teaching. At home, I enjoy time with my family. That is the most important thing to me.

Q: Who was an early role model for you?

A: Without any doubt, Sir William Osler, the father of modern medicine. Dr Osler insisted that students should learn from seeing and talking to patients. He was a pioneer in bedside teaching and one of the founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: I have two favorite movies. One is Ben-Hur (1959 and 2016), an epic movie. The other is The Shawshank Redemption (1994).

Q: What is your favorite sports team?

A: In Colombia, our favorite sport is soccer. My team is Santa Fe from Bogota. I also follow Real Madrid from Spain.

I cannot forget when I first came to Pennsylvania for my second internal medicine residency in June 2008 at Danville, there was total euphoria in Pennsylvania when the Phillies were in the World Series, which they won. It was the second World Series championship for the Phillies. I will always remember the celebration with my colleagues at Danville.

Q: What is your favorite vacation spot?

A: Hawaii is my favorite spot. I have been there a couple of times and I enjoy the islands. It’s like being in paradise.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant?

A: Fogo de Chao Churrascaria, a Brazilian steakhouse in Philadelphia.

Q: Is there a person you’d particularly like to meet?

A: I’d like to meet Dr. Peter Safar, the father of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Unfortunately, he died in 2003. His legacy will be endless for physicians and humanity. He was a three-time nominee for the Nobel Prize in medicine.

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