We proudly welcomed Hayan Al Maluli, MD to the Altru team in June 2016. While only here a few months, he has already made a big impact. We sat down with Dr. Al Maluli to get to know him a little better and understand his approach to care.
Q: What is your area of specialty?
A: My practice focuses on Pulmonary Hypertension and Cardiovascular Imaging, such as advanced echocardiogram, cardiac CT and nuclear cardiology.
Q: What is your approach to care?
A: First, I listen to my patients. And not only to their concerns, but also their expectations. I try to be as detailed as possible, and patients never complain about that. A doctor is obligated to provide the highest standard of care which always requires three essential components: treat each patient as a unique individual, make your patient your partner in making decisions involving his or her life, and finally, be the best doctor you can by constantly setting higher standards for yourself.
Q: What motivates you?
A: I enjoy problem solving. It makes me happy to break down complex cases and simplify them. Every patient presents a new challenge, whether the condition is medical, social or psychological. I try to do the best job I can each and every time I meet with a patient.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your work?
A: Making patients feel better. People are generally apprehensive when they meet a cardiologist. I enjoy reassuring patients and families that I understand what is going on, what they are going through and that I can try to help them.
Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
A: I enjoy reading about history, playing soccer and table tennis, and spending time with my kids. I would love to learn how to fly at some point.
Q: Where would you most like to travel to?
A: Argentina. My mom is from Argentina and her family is there. For me, it is the most beautiful country. It is vast and rich, and most importantly, the people are very friendly. The food and wine is something I personally find unparalleled.
Q: Where did you go to school?
A: I attended medical school in Damascus, Syria, another beautiful country with friendly people. I did my training in medicine and cardiology at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Q: What do you like about Grand Forks?
A: It is a small community that is friendly and safe. People work hard and appreciate hard-working people. I felt welcome from day one.