“The patient must always come first.”
Fresh off a fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Daniel Krcelic is making his mark in the world of vascular surgery. “I’ve been privileged to have extensive training during my fellowship where we’ve helped patients deemed nonoperative,” Dr. Krcelic says. “Through intervention, we saved their lives and allowed them more time with their families. Whenever I can fix a problem and improve someone’s quality of life, it’s rewarding.” Now on staff at Vascular Institute of Chattanooga, Dr. Krcelic is prepared to tackle a variety of complex vascular issues, bringing both expertise and compassion to the table. “It can be difficult in the medical environment to keep your compassion with the stress of the job,” he shares. “But my goal is to always extend compassion to my patients and their families.”
Intervening to Save Lives
1. What sets your practice apart?
We try to see our patients quickly – typically in one to two weeks for non-urgent evaluations or consultations, and for urgent matters, within 24 to 48 hours. I spend as much time as needed to understand my patients’ symptoms, explain the diagnosis, and form a treatment strategy that’s best for them.
2. What do you love most about your profession?
Vascular surgery covers a large scope of disease processes of the arteries and veins. I feel like it’s one of the few surgical specialties that is in constant growth, and the advances in technology allow us to intervene more often with minimally invasive techniques that are less stressful on the body.
3. How does your staff enhance your practice?
This practice wouldn’t exist without the ancillary staff. They are able to streamline everything that comes with running a medical practice, allowing my partners and me to focus on the patient and deliver the highest quality care possible.
4. What is your best advice for patients?
Do not ignore your symptoms. If you think something is wrong, seek evaluation from a medical professional.
5. What is your philosophy when it comes to the care of your patients?
Patients first. We are here to help others. We must provide high quality care that is safe and up-to-date utilizing the newest proven devices or technology in the patient’s care.
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