Monday, Sep 23, 2019
Practicing medicine overseas with limited resources is no easy feat. It’s also something Dr. Ricardo Postigo has experienced firsthand.
While working as a physician in Peru, Dr. Postigo didn’t always have the latest technologies and medications at his disposal. So, when he came to the United States for further medical training and specialization, he gained a unique perspective and deep appreciation for practicing medicine in America.
“With limited means, I navigated the health of my patients, and oftentimes thought out-of-the-box when it came to treatments to improve their health,” he says. “But coming to the United States has given me the opportunity to use every remedy, antibiotic and the latest equipment we have to help people. I’m very thankful for that.”
Dr. Postigo joins Harbin Clinic Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine Rome, where he will treat patients who have contracted an illness from overseas and also help prevent people from getting sick on their travels. Dr. Postigo also follows-up with patients who have previously been hospitalized after contracting a serious infection. He also works with HIV and Hepatitis patients.
“I am excited to welcome Dr. Postigo and family to our Rome office,” says Dr. John Hostetler. “Not only is he bilingual, Dr. Postigo is a seasoned professional in treating infectious diseases and he will greatly expand our abilities to treat HIV and Hepatitis C patients.”
When the opportunity to work for Harbin arose, Dr. Postigo felt that Harbin was the perfect healthcare organization for him, as the company’s ideals were aligned with his own.
“I have been impressed with Harbin Clinic,” he says. “Everyone I’ve met here is compassionate and seeks to provide the absolute best healthcare experience for patients, just as I do as a provider.”
Finding the “Why” and “How”
To Dr. Postigo, working with infectious disease is an opportunity to uncover issues and improve the lives of patients.
“Sometimes, being an infectious disease physician requires a lot of investigation,” Dr. Postigo says. “Since you can have infections in any part of your body, you are exposed to a variety of cases. Not knowing what each day holds keeps me on my toes.”
Dr. Postigo’s favorite part of his job is spending time with his patients and learning more about them. Through asking about their travel and medical history and potential recent exposures, he designs the best treatment options for them.
“Nowadays because of the amount of antibiotic exposure that people have, infections have become more resistant to treatment,” he explains. “A lot of times we will require the usage of a special antibiotic, combinations of antibiotics, or we have to come up with different regimens to fight an infection.”
Dr. Postigo’s works hard to find the most beneficial, long-term solution for an infection to make each patient’s day-to-day life better.
At a young age, Dr. Postigo knew he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. Dr. Postigo’s father is a retired cardiologist and was a professor at Dr. Postigo’s medical school in Lima, Peru.
“My dad showed me what a leader is,” he recalls. “As a physician, he made patients his priority and also taught me the importance of communication skills.”
Because of his father’s guidance, Dr. Postigo learned the importance of developing a good rapport with patients, as well as the significance of honesty and transparency.
“Patients want to know how they got the infection, how they are going to be treated and how to not let this happen again,” he says. “I work hard to have open communication with everyone I treat, and I spend a significant amount of time with my patients breaking down the plan of action.”
More about Dr. Postigo
Dr. Postigo’s hobbies include traveling, biking and spending time with his family. He and his wife, as well as their two children, ages 2 and 7, are finding their niche amongst Rome’s seven hills. When they first visited Rome, Dr. Postigo says they were struck by the harmonious vibe of the community.
“We could feel it,” says Dr. Postigo. “There’s a different atmosphere here. The people, families and community activities all create a wonderful place to raise a family,” he added. “The area is beautiful and there’s so much to do. We are happy to be here.”
Dr. Postigo received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Wayne State University-Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.
He completed his Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Postigo is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
Dr. Postigo is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the HIV Association and holds an American Academy of HIV Medicine Specialist Certification.