Pooja de Sa, MD

Pooja de Sa, MD

Pulmonary Medicine (Lungs)
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Pulmonologist Profile

As a child growing up in Mumbai, India, I would play doctor and thought maybe I would be one later on in life, but aside from that dream, the overpowering influence that led me to this career was my family. I am a fourth generation doctor. My great-grandfather was a renowned gynecologist, my grandfather studied dentistry at the University of Nebraska in 1930 and returned to India to setup the "First Dental College in Mumbai-India". My father is a pediatrician, as well as the medical director at one of the most prestigious hospitals in Mumbai.

With such an eminent background, some people might conclude that I simply chose to continue the family tradition. On the contrary, my parents gave me a free hand, especially my father who pleaded with me to do anything but medicine, because as kids we complained that he never spent enough time with us, unless we were sick!. So, I guess I rebelled like many teenagers and decided to take up medicine. It has been the best decision of my life.

Pulmonary and Critical Care are both very unique specialties dealing with very complex cases. I gravitated toward these specialties because their broad scope allows for intellectual stimulation, medical risk management and immense professional satisfaction. Both of these specialties are founded on a set of core values which are namely to provide excellent patient care in a safe, timely and ethical manner.

The Intensivist is someone who thinks of the patient as a whole, and is worried about every organ system in the body. ICU patients are critically ill and on mechanical ventilation therefore it becomes a challenge to treat such patients who cannot express how they feel and the physician has to analyze, interpret and execute the right treatment at the right time to achieve the optimal clinical outcome. Besides the complexity of the cases one also needs to be compassionate, since having a loved one in the ICU can be tough on the families.

The reason I decided to make lungs my focus was some of their rare characteristics. The lungs are the only organs that will float on water. Even though they are inside the body with protection from the chest wall and rib cage, they are constantly interacting with the external environment since you have to breathe to live. They work non-stop and you don't have to think but your lungs are automatically doing the job of respiration. These things fascinated me from the very start of medical school. During my residency, I came across interesting cases of pulmonary disease which also attracted me to this branch of medical care.

I treat adults and some of the most common complaints of patients that are referred to me are: shortness of breath with exertion, cough with sputum production, lung nodules, lung cancer, various pulmonary infections and chronic disease processes like COPD, asthma, ILD(Interstitial lung diseases), and pulmonary hypertension.

I approach each patient with a positive, professional, personable and polite attitude. When I walk into an exam room, I want to put my patients at ease. I want them to understand that caring for them would be a partnership with shared decision making and I intend to discuss with them all the facts from A to Z about their disease process and their treatment options so that they are able to make the most informed decision possible about their healthcare. My patients can be assured that I will treat them with respect and I will take the time to listen to their complaints so that we can come up with the best game plan for getting them better.

What brings me the greatest joy in my work is when I am able to help my patient's improve their health, regain their strength and feel better. It truly gives me a sense of tremendous professional satisfaction. I am also extremely happy when I have managed to successfully get my patient's to quit smoking, since lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women.

At the end of the day, I am another human being who strives to ensure I can make the lives of my patient's better. It is a team effort - namely nurses, medical assistants/techs, respiratory therapist, pharmacist, physical therapist, occupations therapist, and the biggest player, the patient.

When I am not at work, I love to read, listen to music and play the piano, hike and go on walks, cook, and watch movies.

Locations:

1010 Nut Tree Rd
Vacaville, CA 95687
Education:

Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Terna Medical College, Mumbai, India
Certifications:

  • Board Certified in Critical Care Medicine
  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine
  • Board Certified in Pulmonary Disease
Professional Memberships:

  • American Thoracic Society
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
Languages Spoken:

  • English,Hindi

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