Recognizes nominated BIDMC staff for their dedication and contributions in promoting, supporting and advocating for Latino/Hispanic patients within the BID system or in their communities.
Dr. Felipe Collares
A Brazilian native, Dr. Collares completed medical school and radiology residency in Brazil, moving to the United States to finish his training in interventional radiology at BIDMC. Currently, Dr Collares is an attending interventional radiologist at BIDMC, serving as the medical director of the Massachusetts Vein Care Center (http://www.massveincare.com/), our outpatient clinic for patients with chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins. He was also appointed as director of Quality Assurance for Interventional Radiology and co-director of the Noninvasive Vascular Lab at BIDMC.
Dr. Collares is working to increase awareness and access to medical care for venous insufficiency by the Brazilian population in the Boston metro area. Venous insufficiency and varicose veins is a highly prevalent and undertreated condition that causes significant symptoms affecting the quality of life of these patients. To overcome the language barrier and reach the Brazilian population in Boston, Dr. Collares promotes his work in portuguse on a local Brazilian newspaper offering free consultations in Portuguese and Spanish for latino patients with varicose veins. Latino patients feel welcome and appreciate discussing their problems and treatment options on their native language. Being an expert in venous insufficiency and varicose veins, Dr Collares has also been invited to several meetings in Brazil and Argentina.