Fernando Contreras Valdes and Pablo Quintero PinzonThe 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.

Locations

The Latino Cardiovascular Clinic provides services at two locations:

Contact Us

Please identify yourself as Spanish-speaking and a Spanish-speaking staff member will help you.

Appointments in Boston and Chelsea: 617-667-8800
Questions (patients and referring physicians): 617-667-2192

Our Team

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.

Appointments with 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:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Hereditary cardiomyopathies
  • 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 sub-specialist visits.

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.

In 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.