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Q&A: Gregory Woo, MD


Gregory Woo, MD, FHRS, FACC, says he knew after his first interview that he was making the right decision to practice at CaroMont. “I knew I would be joining a young and dynamic team who shared a similar medical philosophy.” Dr. Woo’s extensive background in the academic environment and experience creating an ablation program at the VA Hospital in Gainesville he believes prepared him for his pivotal role at CaroMont Heart.

Why did you decide to be a physician?
I decided to become a physician early in my life. I was in high school when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. The feeling of being completely helpless and not knowing was overwhelming. However, the physician taking care of my mom provided so much reassurance, care, and compassion that it had a tremendous impact on me. I wanted to be able to do that for others.

Why did you choose this field of medicine?
Cardiology is a great subspecialty in medicine. I was introduced to it during my fourth year of medical school on a rotation. It is a medical specialty can truly save someone’s life. I’m also in a subspecialty of cardiology (electrophysiology) that I can actually “cure” someone of his/her heart rhythm disorder. Cardiology also combines the best of both worlds in medicine—continuity of care with patients and many procedures.

What are some of the conditions you treat?
As an electrophysiologist, I primarily treat heart rhythm problems that can cause a patient significant symptoms or even be potentially life threatening. Additionally, I provide cardiovascular care to treat coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and hypertension.

Why did you choose CaroMont?
I was in academic medicine for almost five years. After medical school, I stayed on as faculty at the University of Florida, which was an incredible experience. I loved the academic environment and being able to participate in clinical research and to teach medical students, residents and fellows. It also offered me the opportunity to be involved in the most challenging and unique cases. I had a lot of friends who were practicing in the private setting within the Charlotte area, so when the opportunity to start an Electrophysiology Program at CaroMont Health presented itself, I pursued it. I believe my experience creating an ablation program while at the VA Hospital in Gainesville prepared me for the challenge at CaroMont. I knew after my interview that I was making the right career change and not to mention, I would be joining a young and dynamic team who shared a similar medical philosophy.

What are some of your interests/hobbies?
I love being as active as possible. I am an avid runner and have completed a few marathons. I enjoy bird hunting, shooting sports, or simply just being outdoors. Since moving to North Carolina, I have picked up whitewater kayaking because I’m always looking for a new challenge!

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