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Cardiologist chooses to return to North Alabama

Madison Cardiologist Dr. Patricia Gurczak
Dr. Patricia Gurczak has lived in many cities across the U.S. and a few countries around the world. Born into a military family stationed in Berlin, Germany, Dr. Gurczak moved frequently before landing in Weaver, Alabama, where she graduated from high school. She went on to graduate from Auburn University.

Dr. Gurczak joined the Army and completed her medical degree in Bethesda, MD, at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, CO, and a fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. She also spent two years in Korea and three years in Germany.

From 2000 until 2006, Dr. Gurczak practiced cardiology in Decatur and then relocated to New Mexico. So how is it that a heart specialist with such diverse experience decides to return to North Alabama? "Alabama is home for me," said Dr. Gurczak. "There are so many outdoor activities, and it's really beautiful here, which is great if you like to camp and backpack."

Dr. Gurczak is passionate about SEC football and her dogs. "I absolutely love Auburn football," she said with a smile. "My three papillons – Foxy Lady, Honey and Domino – they run my life."

She practices exclusively at Madison Hospital and the Heart Center's Madison location in Madison Medical I with Dr. Gocha Saliashvili. "I like to get to know my patients," said Dr. Gurczak. "Building a strong relationship will help us work together to prevent the progression of heart disease."