What is a hematologist? Hematology is a subdivision of internal medicine that is responsible for the study, diagnosis and treatment of all diseases of the blood and the associated organs in the production of it, such as bone marrow, lymph nodes and spleen. And now, once again, we have a remarkable new specialist in the area, hematologist Dr. Noe Vega. Such a welcome addition to the Puerto Vallarta area!
Young, innovative, up to date on ‘all things blood,’ Dr. Vega is from Ameca, Jalisco where he says he was fortunate enough to grow up surrounded by a wonderful family and friends who have supported him all the way through his professional career. He received his training as a general practitioner at the University of Guadalajara, followed by a specialty in hematology at the Centro Medico Occidente of the IMSS in Guadalajara. During the latter, he received training in thrombosis and hemostasis at the Ignacio Chavez National Institute of Cardiology and, trained in ‘transplantation of hematopoietic progenitor cells’ at the Twenty-First Century National Medical Cente, both in Mexico City.
When I asked Dr. Vega for examples of specific diseases that he deals with, he says: “As a hematologist, I approach benign and malignant blood diseases, as well as coagulation disorders and everything related to transfusion medicine. Within the section of benign hematology, I can diagnose and treat anemia (decrease in red blood cells/hemoglobin). For example, iron deficiency, folic acid and Vitamin B12 (megaloblastic anemia, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, thalassemia, hereditary spherocytosis, pure red cell aplasia, aplastic anemia, etc. Similarly, alterations in the elevation or decrease in the white blood cell count (leukocytes). Within the area of thrombosis and hemostasis, I diagnose and treat diseases due to congenital deficiency of coagulation such as hemophilia, Von Willebrand’s Disease, decrease in platelet counts (thrombocytopenia) that may predispose the appearance of bruising and/or hemorrhages, as well as elevation in the platelet count (thrombocytosis). As well, diagnosis and treatment of hereditary thrombophilia. Diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as leukemia, acute and chronic, lymphoma (Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin), multiple myeloma and others.”
What is the favorite part of your specialty? He believes the best part is to be able to provide comprehensive and personalized care by combining the clinical area with the support of the laboratory team. He is passionate about it and the ‘word of the microscope.’ Today, there have been breakthroughs in the treatment of hematological malignancies, improve the prognosis of these patients.
For further information, questions, appointment regarding Dr. Vega, just send me an email!
Here’s to a wondrous week!