Larissa Engleman, Nurse Practitioner
Larissa Engleman, MSN, ANP, has worked in many different nursing roles during her career in health care. At the Russian Cardiovascular Clinic, she gets to do one of her favorite things -- work with older patients.
"There's a great story behind each life," says the native of Moscow, Russia. "It's a privilege to work with the elderly."
Mrs. Engleman works closely with Eli V. Gelfand, MD, a distinguished cardiologist at the CardioVascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Gelfand lived in Russia until he moved to the United States as a teenager. His medical education took place entirely in the United States.
Ms. Engleman received her nursing education in this country, too, at the Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts general Hospital. In Moscow, she had already earned a bachelor's degree in science, preparing her to work for several years in the chemical industry there. She moved to the United States in 1992.
At the Russian Cardiovascular Clinic, Dr. Gelfand and Ms. Engleman strive to provide culturally sensitive care to Russian-American patients. "Most Russians living in the Boston area are not new to this country," she says. "The American medical system is familiar to most. Still, they find it helpful when we provide perspective and set expectations for their care."
The addition of Ms. Engleman to the Russian Cardiovascular Clinic staff will allow it to expand to serve more patients. Her responsibilities include seeing patients and assisting Dr. Gelfand by following up on lab results, prescription and patient calls.
Ms. Engleman's diverse background includes positions as a nurse practitioner, nurse or consultant at nursing homes, the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Concord, McLean Hospital, Jewish Memorial Hospital, Evercare, Suburban Home Care and private physician practices. A pianist in her free time, she lives with her husband in Cambridge and is the mother of an adult son.
About half of Ms. Engleman's patients at the CardioVascular Institute are Russian-Americans. "I enjoy working with people from all backgrounds," she says, "but it's especially enjoyable to work with others with whom I share the same cultural background."