Thank you to Albuquerque The Magazine and everyone who voted for Dr Victor Vigil for TOP “Medical Genetics” in Albuquerque 2018.
Dr Victor Vigil’s Interview with Albuquerque the Magazine:
What drew you to your Specialty?
I had an incredible role model, Dr Jack Saiki. He demonstrated that an oncologist could be intelligent, humanistic and full of compassion.
What’s your best tip for day-to-day wellness?
This one is extremely easy to state but obviously very difficult for most of us to follow. However, if you wan to enjoy the longest possible life with the best health you should do a cardiovascular, weight-bearing exercise for at least 30 minutes, 3-5 times per week; eat a high-fiber, low-fat diet; find ways to recharge your mental and spiritual health on a frequent basis; don’t smoke, or drink excessively; maintain a normal body mass index; follow all recommended guidelines for cancer screening; and reflect on the good at the end of each day. (Pretty simple, right?)
How has your field changed since you started?
the incredible evolution of our understanding of cancer its treatment and prevention is something that is changing almost day by day. It is fascinating and humbling at the same time. We have had breakthroughs with such diseases as chronic myelogenous leukemia, childhood leukemias, as a as, surgical and radiation therapies.
If you could go back to when you were starting in medicine, what advice would you give your younger self?
Always remember why you wanted to be a doctor. Be sure not to get cynical. Don’t let the the insurance industry drive you crazy.
In one sentence, what would be your advice for living a healthy, happy life?
“For a healthy life, listen to your doctor; for a good life, believe in something greater than yourself.” ~Dr Victor Vigil
Learn more about Dr Victor Vigil here!