My patient care philosophy is reflected by three main approaches.
1) Finding the time to listen and doing my best to put myself in the shoes of the patient in front of me. Not infrequently, there is a lot of frustration and family stress prompted by chronic illnesses that needs to be addressed in order to help with the actual disease.
2) Looking at each complex case with a critical analytic approach and finding the time and patience to attempt to put together all the pieces of the puzzle. This approach is particularly helpful when taking care of patients who have already been evaluated by several providers or those who have several medical conditions acting up at the same time.
3) Providing a comprehensive approach. I believe that patients truly benefit from the active participation of all the providers involved in their care. Making sure that every provider understands and is aware of the plans and decisions being made increases the chances of a successful treatment
Dr. Atique Azam Mirza is a consultant Cardiologist at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford Connecticut. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He is also Board Certified in Nuclear Cardiology. Dr. Mirza is the founding president of the Allama Iqbal Medical College Alumni Association of North America, the founding President of the Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani descent of North America, and a founding board member of the Farmington Valley American Muslim Center, Inc. (FVAMC). He is also a member and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees and the Chairperson for the Capitol Funds Committee at the FVAMC. He has been involved with the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Coalition since its inception and has been amongst the founding members of the Connecticut State Commission for Asian Pacific Americans. Dr. Mirza testified in front of the Connecticut General Assembly for the Asian Pacific American Commission. Besides being a Board Member of the Asian Pacific American Coalition, he also currently serves as the President of the Association of Pakistani Cardiologists of North America (APCNA) and is a Board Member of the US PAK Foundation, a national organization for youth leadership training and mentorship. Dr. Mirza is a life time member of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) and has been involved with the organization since 1997, serving on multiple key positions over the past several years. He is currently serving as the Chairperson of the Committee for Youth Mentorship. Dr. Mirza was born and raised in Pakistan. He graduated from Allama Iqbal Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan with highest honors. He moved to the United States in 1990. After completing his medical residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke Medical Center, Grant & Westlake Hospital in Chicago Illinois, Dr. Mirza moved to Virginia, where he established multiple primary care practices for the County Hospital and worked there for more than five years, serving in health professional shortage area. He served in several leadership positions including Hospital Board Member, Director of Intensive Care Unit and Chairperson of the Medical Staff Executive Committee at Lee County Community Hospital in Virginia. Dr. Mirza was also the Chief Medical Examiner of Lee County, Virginia. He rose to the rank of Chief of Medical Staff of the Hospital before moving to Boston in pursuit of further medical sub-specialty training in field of Cardiovascular Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital Boston. He followed this with Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship training at the University of Connecticut before joining Central Connecticut Cardiologists, LLC. in Hartford, Connecticut as a consultant cardiologist. Currently, he is a partner at Central Connecticut Cardiologists, LLC. He is actively involved in teaching fellows at the cardiovascular medicine fellowship program affiliated with University of Connecticut School of Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor, and holds active staff privileges at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center (SFH) Hartford Connecticut. He is a member of the Hoffman Heart Institution of Cardiovascular Medicine at SFH. Dr. Mirza is also a member of the Connecticut Chapter of American College of Cardiology and has held a membership at the Hartford County Medical Society for the past several years. He was the Health Leadership Fellow of the Connecticut Health Foundation for the year 2013. Dr. Mirza is a community activist and a worker, who has been involved in increasing the awareness and recognition of human rights, social, and health issues faced by the Asian Americans at the local and national level. Currently, as a Health Care Advisor and a Board Member of the Asian Pacific American Affairs Coalition (APAAC), he is involved in educating the community about health care issues and fighting the health care disparities faced by our community. Dr. Atique Mirza is also a Commissioner for the Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission for the state of Connecticut. Using his extensive medical expertise and experience, he is the APAAC Commission Health Chairperson. After having resided in several states, Dr. Mirza has made Connecticut his home since 2003 and lives here with his wife and three beautiful children.