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Top row: Dr. Suki and nephrolog y felo w Dr. Faiza Khan met with patient Pedro Mendoza. Bottom row: Felo ws Drs. Chad Rositer, Flordeli za Lilagan and Ronald Vigo discus patients ’ cases and learn from Dr. Suki’s experience. conditions and educate the patients. They seek solutions and always provide a ray of hope – sometimes it’s the best they can offer. In another Legacy examining room, 42-year-old Clarence Slidell awaits results of his blood test. He lost his home, his car and his job because of his frequent blackouts and debilitating diabetes. “All of my family who had diabetes wound up passing,” Slidell says. “Since I played all the sports, I thought I was going to be the good one.” He has had diabetes for a decade, and has come to see Dr. Flordeliza Lilagan, a nephrology fellow, to manage the kidney damage caused by his disease. She prescribes medication, gives advice on maintaining his remaining kidney function and encourages him to return in a few weeks. Without Legacy and the fellows, he says, he would be “nowhere.” Back in the clinic office, where Dr . Suki uses time between patients for teaching and mentoring, the team will discuss the patient’s blackouts and consider potential treatments. Anything that might improve quality of life. Compassion and empathy, they know, are often as important to patient care as life-saving medications. houstonmethodist.org/foundation 27


Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014
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