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Odessan back to serve community

September 17, 2018

COMING HOME

EDITOR’S NOTE: Coming Home is a continuing series highlighting Odessans who have come home to live. If you have a suggestion for a Coming Home story, email ldennis@oaoa.com.

For cardiologist Dr. Adam Farber, returning home to practice in Odessa was a no-brainer.

He and his wife, Laura, who is an ophthalmologist with Drs. Tom Turner and Alan Smith, made the decision together. Farber works with the Odessa Heart Institute.

Since he was brought up in Odessa, Farber said there weren’t any question marks, except wondering if his wife would like it.

“Growing up here, I feel like I had a great life. I can’t imagine having had more fun, so I think the only question mark was with my wife. So far, she’s felt very well accepted into her practice and certainly (by) her patients,” Farber said. “Really, it makes work much more enjoyable when you’re appreciated by the patients.”

Farberearnedabachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and went to medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He did the rest of his training at Scott & White Medical Center in Temple.

Farber said his father was a paramedic and his sister has become a nurse, but he didn’t always know he wanted to be a doctor. However, he did know he was interested in science and “somewhat in math.”

“I started thinking I wanted to do pulmonary medicine and worked a lot in the ICU. … Just taking care of all kinds of illnesses, you get used to working with that population. I did some rotations in cardiology. The appeal came from just being able to intervene and actually make a difference, instead of just giving medications. I actually like to be hands on and actually go in and work somebody’s heart. It’s a very rewarding portion of it. We actually make a big difference. Moving from training to his new position has been smooth, even though he’s working with a new lab.

“… Getting the experience, certainly with illness, there’s a large variety of disease and things that can happen. When you train and get trained well, you get a large variety. You don’t get too many surprises. You don’t want to be surprised,” Farber said.

The most common conditions he sees are coronary artery diseases and heart failure, which generally means a weak heart muscle.

The causes are smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, tobacco abuse, and in particular, smoking. Obesity also plays a factor.

A regular heart procedure takes 30 minutes to an hour. It can take less than 15 to 20 minutes to put a stent in.

Farber’s position with Drs. Sudhir Amaram, Manohar R. Angirekula, Fernando Boccalandro, and Tejas Patel is his first job after completing training. He said the four physicians are why he chose Medical Center Hospital and the Odessa Heart Institute.

“… They’re a team. That’s hard to find in medicine. The climate out here kind of precludes that. It makes it necessary, but medicine and I think cardiology, in particular especially in large cities is very competitive. Here, I felt no competition whatsoever. They are truly a team. They work together to be efficient and to take care of their patients. They have been truly welcoming of me. There’s no doubt,” Farber said.

Rene Rodriguez, divisional director of the Center for Heart Disease at Medical Center Hospital, said the hospital has been looking forward to having Farber aboard. He added that he’s sure it will get patients’ attention that Farber is a native Odessan.

“We’re excited to have him and to have a new addition to the cardiology group for OHI. He’s bringing in not only his cardiology practice, but new practice, evidencebased (practice) that’s here now and teaching our staff. We have a few new employees that will be learning from him and with him …” Rodriguez said.

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