Bringing Direct Specialty Care to Puerto Rico & Making Changes
with Dr. Sheila Pérez-Colón
What is direct specialty care, and why is this model changing healthcare? My guest Dr. Pérez-Colón brought this model to Puerto Rico after years of frustration with the system
About Dr. Sheila Pérez-Colón
Dr. Sheila Pérez-Colón was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus. Her medical education started at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico, and she finished with the fifth pathway program at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York.
She completed a 3-year pediatric residency program in the Children’s Hospital at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She then completed an additional sub-specialty training with a 3-years pediatric endocrinology fellowship at a combined program between Maimonides Medical Center and SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. SUNY Downstate Medical Center then recruited her and Kings County Hospital in NY to become part of their faculty.
After years of frustration with the traditional healthcare system (rushed visits, poor accessibility, surprise bills, and long waiting time, which all compromised patient care) and with the realization that nothing is better than being home and helping your people, Elite Endocrine MD was born.