Member of the Month: Joe Anzaldúa, M.D.
Sugar Land doctor loyal to community
Dr. Joe Anzaldúa is truly committed to his community in and around Sugar Land, Texas. He has been in private practice in the area since 1985 and has been on faculty at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston since 1994. He is also the medical director of Emergency Medical Services for Sugar Land, Stafford, and Missouri City.
After receiving his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio in 1982, Dr. Anzaldúa founded Sugar Land Family Physicians, where he is currently the medical director. He describes his practice as quite traditional – caring for newborns all the way to geriatric patients.
Why did you choose family medicine, and what’s your favorite aspect of it? Were you inspired by anyone?
I chose family medicine because of the variety of medical care it offers. Family medicine provides a holistic approach to both wellness and illness care, which provides a perfect balance in my daily practice. I’ve always been intrigued with the psycho-social aspects of the family unit, both nuclear and extended – from delivering babies to discussing end-of-life issues with the family of an elderly Alzheimer’s patient.
What is the most interesting/memorable experience you have had when dealing with a patient?
Being thanked by a patient for “listening and caring.”
What has your experience as a TAFP member been like?
My experience has been very rewarding, especially having had the honor serving as an assembly member for the past four years representing my local chapter.
What is the most important quality a family physician should have?
Allowing the patient to be a partner in their own health care. That means listening, caring, involving, and educating the patient.
How can we attract more medical students to family medicine?
The best way that I know of (and have done) is to allow medical students interested in a career in family medicine to rotate though the office and model what it is to be a good family practice doctor.
If you weren’t a doctor what would you be doing with your career?
I would love to be a paramedic! I have so much admiration and respect for the paramedics and firefighters that I work with. I really think I would find that career rewarding.
Tell me something fun (unrelated to medicine) about yourself.
I have been a member of the Houston Symphony Chorus for the past 12 years, and really enjoy rehearsing and performing some of the great classical works with the Houston Symphony Orchestra.
TAFP’s Member of the Month program highlights Texas family physicians in TAFP News Now and on the TAFP website. We feature a biography and a Q&A with a different TAFP member each month and his or her unique approach to family medicine. If you know an outstanding family physician colleague who you think should be featured as a Member of the Month or if you’d like to tell your own story, nominate yourself or your colleague by contacting TAFP by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (512) 329-8666. View past Members of the Month here.