The Latino Cardiovascular Clinic provides culturally sensitive
cardiovascular services for Spanish-speaking patients. The clinic brings
together a network of Spanish-speaking health care practitioners,
eliminating the language barriers that often interfere with optimal care of
acute and chronic cardiovascular conditions.
In addition to enhancing communication between patients and providers, the
Latino Cardiovascular Clinic offers assistance with diagnostic and
therapeutic procedure scheduling at BIDMC, medication management and
navigating the healthcare system as a whole.
The clinic is staffed by Fernando Contreras Valdes, MD (left), a native of
Mexico, and Pablo Quintero Pinzon, MD (right), a native of Colombia.
The Latino Cardiovascular Clinic provides services at two locations:
Please identify yourself as Spanish-speaking and a Spanish-speaking staff
member will help you.
Appointments in Boston and Chelsea:
Questions (patients and referring physicians): 617-667-2192
The Latino Cardiovascular Clinic was co-founded by
Eli Gelfand, MD, Section Chief of General Cardiology, and Fernando M. Contreras Valdes, MD,
an electrophysiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess. Dr. Contreras Valdes works
closely with Dr. Gelfand and sees patients at BIDMC in Boston.
Pablo Quintero Pinzon, MD, are available at our Chelsea location.
Patients receive scheduling assistance and support from a Spanish-speaking
administrative assistant for the clinic and bi-lingual staff at the
Cardiology Call Center.
Comprehensive Cardiovascular Services
As a consultative service, the Latino Cardiovascular Clinic welcomes
patients with a variety of cardiovascular conditions, including:
- Heart failure
- Congenital heart disease
- Cardiac arrhythmias
As part of the CardioVascular Institute at BIDMC, our clinic offers a readily available network of sub-specialized
cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to ensure that patients have access to
the care they need.
A member of the medical center’s professional interpreter services staff
can be scheduled to assist patients who require specialized testing or
Partnerships Enhance Quality of Care
Our clinic also partners with the Latino Diabetes Initiative at Joslin
Diabetes Center to diagnose and treat Spanish-speaking diabetic patients
with strong cardiovascular risk factors or established heart disease.
addition, we collaborate with BIDMC’s
Latino Mental Health Program to address factors often associated with
cardiovascular disease, such as depression, anxiety and other psychosocial
conditions. These partnerships are designed to help patients achieve better
cardiovascular outcomes and better quality of life.