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Dr. Barbara McGuire's life threatening
experience contracting typhoid fever solidified her decision to
become a physician. After graduating from Stanford University, Dr.
McGuire decided to spend a year volunteering at the Stella Maris
Nursing School in Zacapu, Michoacan, Mexico teaching nursing
courses. This gave her the dual opportunity to practice her Spanish
skills and to make a difference. While volunteering, she contracted
a serious case of typhoid fever and was lucky to receive care from
Canadian missionaries working in the remote area. It was this
experience and the care she received while being sick that made me
her want to become a physician in order to help others.
Having an interest in science since she was a child, her first
formal exposure practicing medicine was during her undergraduate
studies where she completed an externship for the Stanford
University Human Biology department at a heart disease prevention
program. She was responsible for leading treatment groups and loved
learning the science behind the impact of cholesterol on coronary
heart disease, when little research had been done previously on the
subject. She enjoyed the role of therapist and being able to make a
difference in the day to day lives of the patients she interacted
After volunteering at the Stella Maris Nursing School, Dr.
McGuire attended the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine.
She decided on internal medicine during her clinical rotations in
her third year and viewed internal medicine as the "cornerstone of
medicine". She was drawn to the diversity of the field and the
opportunities that a career in internal medicine would offer. "The
internal medicine residents that I met in medical school were the
sharpest, most well-versed people that I knew. I really admired
their breadth of knowledge and their ability to manage a different
variety of illnesses in adults."
A Trail Blazer
Dr. McGuire has always forged her own path. She
was one of 17 female students in her medical school class out of 75
students and was the only woman resident in the her internal
medicine residency program at Exempla St. Joseph Hospital in
Denver, Colorado. One of the most influential people during medical
school was her mentor and director of the residency program, Dr.
Robert Gibbons. He encouraged her to get involved with ACP, and
through her involvement with ACP she has had the opportunity to
serve as Governor of the ACP New Mexico Chapter.
Although she admits being the only woman in the residency
program was lonely at times, she is pleased to see how the number
of female internists practicing today has grown dramatically. She
values her ACP network with other female internists and always
attends the women's networking luncheon at ACP's annual meeting. "I
think it's important for female medical students and residents to
interact with women who have been in their shoes and have faced
significant challenges in their lives and who have managed to have
successful careers in internal medicine."
A Diverse Career Path
Dr. McGuire credits her foundation in internal medicine for
allowing her to have such a diverse career path. After her
residency, she returned to New Mexico to fulfill her scholarship
commitment to the National Health Services Corps, where she worked
as a physician for the Indian Health Service, the federal health
program for American Indians. She then worked in the small practice
setting for seven years before starting a hospitalist group,
Hospital Care Specialists, P.C, when hospital medicine was first
gaining popularity. She has worked in a variety of practice and
administrative settings. Dr. McGuire served as Chief Medical
Officer at St. Joseph Health Care System in Albuquerque and was in
charge of a medical and paramedical staff of 500 health
professionals. She served as Regional Medical Director of Addus
Healthcare Inc.'s NM Corrections division overseeing health,
dental, and psychiatric care for 6500 inmates in eight NM
facilities. She has continued to pursue her interest in obesity and
heart disease by serving as a key medical investigator in several
pharmaceutical trials on opiate abuse and obesity.
Currently, Dr. McGuire is balancing working part-time in a small
practice and teaching at the University of St. Francis Physician
Assistant program as Lead Medical Director and a member of the
faculty. She sees a small group of patients through an internal
medicine practice, New Heart Cardiac Rehabilitation and reads bone
density scans at New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants as a
certified Clinical Bone Densitometrist. After Dr. McGuire was
diagnosed with breast cancer and severe rheumatoid arthritis, she
began to focus on her own health. Her choice of internal medicine
has allowed her the flexibility do so and has also allowed her to
pursue her passion for photography and water color.
Dr. McGuire attributes her artistic talent to
her mother, an amateur oil painter. Her mother returned to painting
after raising her and her four siblings, and the two attend art
history lectures and art conferences together. Dr. McGuire is
equally passionate about watercolor painting as she is about
digital photography. In her husband's spare time, he flies an
ultralight plane (which she describes as a hang glider with a
go-cart like engine), and she accompanies him to take aerial
photographs of the New Mexican landscape. The two have started a
business, Apex Visual Art, and sell their work online. Dr. McGuire
is a member of the Enchanted Lens Camera Club in Albuquerque and
her photos have won awards and prestige within the club. She has
exhibited her work at ACP's annual meeting as well. When Dr.
McGuire is not working on her watercolor painting and photography,
she and her husband enjoy traveling and have traveled to the
Galapagos, Antarctica, and other exotic locations across the
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