Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth is pleased to announce that Dr. Diego Lopez de Castilla has joined the Kirkland-based health system’s Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine practice. Dr. Lopez de Castilla is an expert in the prevention and treatment of infection and he specializes in hepatitis C treatment, HIV medicine and co-infections, tropical medicine and infection.
“We are glad to welcome Dr. Lopez de Castilla to the EvergreenHealth system and look forward to the expert care he’ll provide to an important population of patients in our community,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. “His patient-centered approach, and experience in treating hepatitis C in particular, will bring more treatment options to a significant segment of our community.”
Recent national efforts have encouraged people born between 1945 and 1965 to get tested for hepatitis C, as people born during this time are five times more likely than other adults to be infected with the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Many people who have hepatitis C may not know they are infected, which can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and other potentially fatal health concerns if left untreated. Treatment options are available if the disease is identified, and I am passionate about encouraging people to get tested,” said Dr. Lopez de Castilla, who has successfully treated more than 100 individuals living with chronic hepatitis C. He attributes their positive outcomes, in part, to providing individualized care to each patient and developing treatment plans that best fit the patient’s specific needs.
In his previous role, Dr. Lopez de Castilla served as a physician of internal medicine and infectious disease at the University of Washington. He is board certified in Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine and received his medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.
EvergreenHealth Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious disease and preparation for safe travel abroad. Its physicians have traveled extensively and served on medical trips in remote areas, and are considered experts in travel medicine and foreign infectious disease. The practice offers superior hepatitis C treatment, and is committed to helping patients return to their best possible health by treating the virus that causes hepatitis C.
To learn more about EvergreenHealth Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine, visit https://www.evergreenhealth.com/infectious-disease or call 425.899.5100.
EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties and offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. More than 1,000 physicians provide clinical excellence in over 80 specialties, including heart and vascular care, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, pulmonary care and home care and hospice services. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland, a network of 10 primary care practices, two urgent care centers, over two dozen specialty care practices and 24/7 emergency care at its Kirkland, Monroe, and Redmond campuses. In 2015, the system expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe – an accredited, full-service 74-bed public hospital district, established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. EvergreenHealth has clinical and strategic partnerships with several health care entities, including Virginia Mason, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated EvergreenHealth Partners network and the Puget Sound High Value Network. In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.
In 2016, EvergreenHealth achieved its eighth designation in the last nine years (2009-2012, and 2014-2017) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades®, and in 2017 it was named one of Healthgrades 2017 America’s 100 Best Hospitals placing it among the top 2 percent of hospitals nationwide, based on its outstanding clinical performance. EvergreenHealth was also named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™ in the “Large Community Hospitals” category for outstanding achievements in patient care, operational efficiency and financial strength, two years in a row. For more information, visit www.evergreenhealth.com.
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