Dr Carmen Gota joins growing rheumatology team at Vista Healthcare – St George News


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CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — The complex nature of rheumatologic conditions presents unique challenges for both physicians and patients. Vista Healthcare brings world-class rheumatology services to Southern Utah, putting effective patient care first while providing a warm, friendly environment.

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Vista Healthcare Rheumatology offers treatments for musculoskeletal diseases and systemic autoimmune conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, lupus, gout and ankylosing spondylitis. Dr. Carmen Gota, a specialist in rheumatology and internal medicine with three decades of clinical experience, recently joined the team and is accepting new patients.

“I find it exciting to be able to serve the people of St. George,” Gota said.

Gota comes from Transylvania, a land of immense natural beauty and multicultural influences. She was raised by her uncle, a respected internal physician, who inspired her to become a doctor.

She attended medical school at Iuliu Hațieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, the oldest medical education institution in Transylvania. She graduated first in her class in 1989 and became an assistant professor of clinical skills for third-year medical students.

Gota spent a lot of time working in rheumatology while in medical school and became fascinated with the process of diagnosing inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. After moving to the United States, she completed a residency in internal medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, followed by postgraduate training in rheumatology at the Cleveland Clinic.

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“I like the challenge of rheumatology,” she says. “As a doctor, I can have a big impact on someone’s health.”

After spending a year in private practice in Walnut Creek, California, Gota returned to the Cleveland Clinic in 2005, where she provided care to patients with various rheumatological conditions and was involved in teaching and training. of scholarship holders.

She has also been exposed to less common conditions, including Sjögren’s syndrome, vasculitis and psoriatic arthritis at the clinic’s Vasculitis Care and Research Center.

Gota and her husband of 30 years, an anesthetist trained in intensive care, have two adult children. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, swimming, reading, and spending time with her family and her two dogs, Cora and Wigs.

She fell in love with the Southwest while traveling through Utah and decided to make St. George her new home. As a general rheumatologist at Vista Healthcare, she cares for patients with a wide range of rheumatological conditions using up-to-date, evidence-based treatment protocols.

Gota was drawn to Vista Healthcare’s patient-centered approach, which she says allows clinicians to focus on delivering care without the distraction of ancillary duties. Rheumatology is a multi-system specialty that invites communication and collaboration with other specialists, and Vista Healthcare offers every physician the opportunity to maximize their available resources for the best possible outcome.

“When I came to interview here, I really liked the mindset of this practice,” she added. “We are very advanced in our approach.”

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Vista Healthcare offers an exciting new vision of medical care in Southern Utah. Besides rheumatology, available specialties include endocrinology, neurology, pain management, spine care, physiotherapy, chiropractic care, primary care, and sports medicine. Services are located at Vista Medical Center, located at 2891 E. Mall Drive in St. George.

Vista Healthcare recognizes the needs of a growing community and understands that many patients are currently facing extended wait times to see specialists to help manage their medical care. The group seeks to provide better access to specialty care resources for patients in Southern Utah and surrounding areas.

If you need specialty care including a rheumatologist, endocrinologist, neurologist, pain therapy, spine care, physical therapy, chiropractic care, primary care, or sports medicine, call Vista Healthcare today at 435-215-0257 or visit their website.

Written by ALEXA MORGAN for St. George News.



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