Elisa Zaragoza Macias, MD
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I was born and raised in Mexico, where the rest of my family still lives. I received my medical training at the University of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico, and then came to the U.S. to study global health. I did an internal medicine internship and residency at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and two fellowships at the University of Washington, one in general cardiology and the other in adult congenital heart disease. While at Emory, I also earned a Master of Public Health. I’m triple board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology, and adult congenital heart disease.
During my training in Atlanta, I met my Argentinian husband, another doctor. He’s been a great partner and mentor throughout my adult life, helping to shape who I am as a doctor, in addition to making me a better person.
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After going on several mission trips to poor and underserved areas in Mexico, I realized that it was my calling to be a physician. I loved both the idea of helping people and the art and science of medicine. Cardiology was exciting to me, because it’s a field with lots of technology that allows us to diagnose and treat patients in so many ways. My specific interests include echocardiography and cardiovascular disease during pregnancy.
I gave a presentation to the American Heart Association on pregnancy and cardiovascular disease and have published several research papers in various medical journals.
To keep up with current medical research, I read journals in cardiology and in general medicine, attend professional conferences, participate in continuing medical education programs, and collaborate with colleagues.
My husband and I embrace the values and mindset of the local culture—caring for others, generosity, and the aloha spirit. These are values that we also find within Hawaii Permanente Medical Group (HPMG). Additionally, I appreciate HPMG’s adherence to providing tried-and-true medicine that’s based on evidence and current research.
My role is to educate and guide my patients so they can make informed decisions about their care. I enjoy my interactions with patients and their caregivers and try to make every encounter meaningful and personal.
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Exercise, hiking, cycling, being in nature, and traveling to new places help me to relax and unwind. Most of all I enjoy spending time with my husband, family, and friends. My involvement with the Young Mended Hearts organization on the mainland was also very rewarding.