Fort Bend Lifestyles and Homes, October issue 2014
OakBend Medical Group
OakBend Medical Group’s Dr. Joe Anzaldúa has been named the Member of the Month by the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. Anzaldúa has been practicing family medicine in the area since 1985.
A graduate of the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio, Anzaldúa chose family medicine because of the variety of medical care it offers. According to the doctor, “Family medicine provides a holistic approach to both wellness and illness care, which provides a perfect balance in my daily practice. I’ve always been intrigued with the psycho-social aspects of the family unit, both nuclear and extended – from delivering babies to discussing end-of-life issues with the family of an elderly Alzheimer’s patient.”
Anzaldúa firmly believes that one of the most important qualities a family physician should have is “allowing the patient to be a partner in their own health care. That means listening, caring, involving, and educating the patient.”
Additionally, Dr. Anzaldúa has been asked to serve on the Texas Department of State Health Services Texas Crisis Standards of Care Panel. This panel was tasked by Dr. David Lakey, Texas Commissioner of Health, to examine ethical issues and priorities related to standards of care during a public health emergency or disaster and to develop a framework specific to Texas. Within the medical, legal, and ethical construct, this framework will address the provision of health and medical resources by emergency medical service personnel, hospitals, alternate care systems, and other public health and emergency management and response disciplines during times of crisis or scarce resource availability. “I am honored to have been asked to serve on this Panel. It is a wonderful opportunity for me to give back to the community,” said Anzaldúa.