“I love being able to take care of people,” said internal medicine physician Diana Meda DeVera, D.O.
“It’s a huge privilege and honor to serve the community in that way,” said the doctor.
Meda DeVera, became a doctor in 2010 and has worked at Queen of the Valley Medical Center/St. Joseph Health since March.
Meda DeVera is also an Air Force veteran who served at Travis Air Force base.
1. What was your first job?
For my first job, I worked at a skating rink in Wichita, Kansas. That was forever ago. It was called Skate East because it was on the east side of town. Sadly, I have since lost my skills at skating!
2. What job would you like to try/not try?
Try: I would love to try teaching as a professor, either at a university or at a local medical school.
Not try: Information Technology. I have basic computer skills, but not much beyond that!
3. How did you get into medicine?
Growing up, I had many experiences with losing loved ones to cancer. It was these experiences, combined with my passion to care for people and interest in science that naturally led me toward medicine.
4. What is the biggest challenge the medical industry has faced?
There has been a big shift in the medical field over the last 10 years that has led to increased administrative burdens for physicians.
As a physician, my priority is to care for my patients, to help them heal and to improve their overall quality of life. Managing both administrative tasks and patient care can be challenging for physicians, especially for those in private practices.
5. What’s a common question or misconception you get about being a doctor?
People think we work really long hours. We do have long days but it’s not like we’re on call 24-hours-a-day.
6. You just got married. Is your husband a physician also?
No, he’s in law enforcement in San Francisco.
7. Who do you most admire in the business world?
Zig Ziglar. He was originally a salesman, who later created an empire as a motivational speaker. He helped millions of individuals improve not just their perspective on life, but inspired them to actually build and change their lives.
He lived by the philosophy, “It is only by helping others that you can truly begin to help yourself.”
8. What is one thing you hope to accomplish in your lifetime that you haven’t yet?
I love to write. I would love to have my work published.
9. What’s something people might be surprised to know about you?
I went to college on a sports scholarship for softball. It is still one of my favorite sports today.
10. Do you play at all today?
I do not. My shoulder doesn’t let me do much throwing anymore. I (played) second base.