Meet the Doctor: Peter Stempniewicz, MD
Peter Stempniewicz, MD, is a cardiologist at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia and Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park. He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. He holds certifications in echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiovascular computed tomography (CT) and interpretation of vascular ultrasound imaging. Dr. Stempniewicz is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He specializes in non-invasive cardiology.
We spoke recently with Dr. Stempniewicz about his career, his interests, and cardiology at Einstein Healthcare Network.
Q: Why did you decide to become a doctor?
A: I decided to become a doctor while in college. I was studying biomedical engineering and worked on several research projects related to medical devices. In the process, I got to shadow various physicians who were researching these devices and I found that I enjoyed the patient interaction more than the behind-the-scenes bench research.
Q: Tell us about your education background.
A: I have a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. I received my medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. I did my internal medicine residency at Hahnemann University Hospital here in Philadelphia. I completed my cardiology fellowship training at Hahnemann and at Lankenau Medical Center.
Q: Why did you choose your specialty?
A: I chose cardiology because it is a multifaceted field. I enjoy being able to see the patient, order a specialized test, such as an EKG, an echocardiogram or nuclear stress test, then view and interpret the results to make decisions regarding patient care.
Q: What are your clinical interests?
A: My focus is non-invasive cardiology, which is the medical management and diagnosis of cardiac conditions. I have an interest in preventive cardiology and cardiac imaging. I like to discuss risk factors in my relationships with patients, and I explain that it’s easier to try and prevent heart problems than to treat them. Risk factors we discuss include smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I work with my patients in managing these factors early on to reduce the effects down the road.
Q: What drew you to Einstein?
A: I wanted to be at an institution that was involved in educating medical trainees and was dedicated to taking care of its community. Institutions with vibrant educational programs that educate medical students, residents and fellows are places that are consistently keeping up to date with the most current research and knowledge. Besides properly educating future doctors, this gives our patients the best possible care currently available.
Q: Why should people choose Einstein for heart care?
A: Einstein cardiology has access to state-of-the-art technology with experts in all cardiac fields, enabling us to provide a team approach to patient care. The department has access to advanced imaging with cardiac CT, cardiac MRI, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. Einstein also has advanced therapies in heart and vascular surgery and robust programs for replacement of diseased heart valves and implantation of a left ventricular assist device for advanced heart failure. We have an extensive team of specialists in general cardiology, electrophysiology, advanced heart failure, interventional cardiology, and surgery in order to meet every patient’s cardiac needs.
Q: What are your interests outside of work?
A: Outside of work, I stay active. I enjoy playing tennis and biking down the Schuylkill River Trail.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. I’m a fan of underdog stories and have always found the slapstick humor and misadventures of the two main characters endearing and timeless.
Q: What is your favorite vacation spot?
A: Poland. Growing up, I used to spend many summers at my grandparents’ house in the countryside of Poland and still have fond memories of the place.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant?
A: I would have to say Parc. It has fantastic French bistro food as well as a great view of Rittenhouse square for a relaxing ambiance.
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