U.S. Army Medicine Brief: One Doctor: Many Roles

In this segment, Col. Todd Villines, MD, FACC talks about U.S. Army Health Care Team’s opportunities to treat and prevent cardiac disease with state-of-the-art technologies. 

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I’ve been an Army Officer for more than 21 years. I’m a cardiologist and a clinician taking care of a wide variety of patients with symptoms and we’re using some of the tools that today we did not have even just five years ago. Some of the most advanced equipment and imaging modalities possible. One of the benefits of being a cardiologist in the Army is that I’m also a teacher. I am responsible for training as a program director more than half of the Army’s cardiologists. I’m also a clinical researcher. As a medical officer in the Army Medical Department it’s an expectation that all officers be leaders. And so in my role as the consultant to the surgeon general I’m responsible for high level policy with regards to cardiovascular medicine. I get to combine the two passions that I have and that is caring for patients and serving the country in the same job. I truly believe there is no other health care system that would provide me the opportunity to see patients, teach, do research and to lead like I have in Army Medicine.