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Palm Beach County Cardiologist Dr. Arletta Marunowska Opens Private Practice "AM Cardiology"
Long-Time Palm Beach County Cardiologist Dr. Arletta Marunowska Represents a Rare Group; Female Cardiologists are A Rarity in the United States and South Florida - Representing Just 7% of All Cardiologists in Palm Beach County
By: AM Cardiology
However, in Palm Beach County, the numbers show we are still behind a few decades. Of the 140 cardiologists practicing in Palm Beach County, only 10 are female – or just over 7-percent.
One of those female cardiologists is board certified Arletta U. Marunowska, M.D., F.A.C.C., who recently left her work as partner at the Cardiology Associates of Palm Beach to form her own private practice in Atlantis, FL near JFK Medical Center. The practice is named "AM Cardiology."
"I think as female cardiologists we bring a sense of caring and compassion to the job that is special and hopefully a great experience for our patients. Further, as women, we are more apt to spend the time listening…and that is a key part of properly diagnosing our patients – especially our female patients who are more expressive and need the extra attention,” said Dr. Marunowska.
She adds: “Women often have atypical signs – unlike men who report their symptoms as if they were reading directly from the text book – which means that communicating with their doctors may present a challenge. I spend significant amounts of time with my patients – especially women – listening, reading between the lines, and understanding them so I can properly diagnose. I truly believe this a great advantage of being a woman in cardiology.”
With all the obvious benefits of female cardiologists, debates have ensued over why the lack of them…hypotheses range from the difficulty of a work-life balance when you are a cardiologist, the lack of female role models, and the need for a strong ego (a quality far more commonly found in men). The topic has been discussed at numerous American College of Cardiology (ACC) conventions as well as on the organization’
For Dr. Marunowska, her drive to become a cardiologist came very early on. “I remember as a child I always wanted to be a doctor,” she said. “I believe I was born with the specific desire to be a doctor, and eventually a cardiologist and you need that in order to make it in this field.”
Dr. Marunowska herself agrees that attention needs to be paid to the low percentage of females in the field. “It’s an amazing profession,”
Dr. Marunowska said she will make it a priority in her new practice to mentor and educate young, aspiring medical students and residents. “Having practiced in Palm Beach County for 13 years, and now opening my own practice – AM Cardiology, I’m excited to share my lessons learned with others looking to follow my same path,” Dr. Marunowska said.
Some of that advice includes:
1. You have to love what you are doing and truly have the internal drive and passion to be a cardiologist. Money or a title cannot be the motivation behind becoming a cardiologist. The want needs to be deep inside of you.
2. Understand that there will be sacrifice involved; the time commitment of being a cardiologist is huge and the urgency is always present.
3. Be comfortable with the balance of the demands and rewards. The times that I’ve had a profound impact on my patients’ lives has given me the energy to get through the challenging work and time requirements. There are very few other professions where someone will come into your office and say ‘Doctor, you saved my life.’
About Dr. Arletta U. Marunowska
Dr. Marunowska specializes in Cardiovascular Disease with a special interest in multi-modality diagnostic cardiac imaging. She currently works out of her AM Cardiology office in Palm Beach County and has privileges at the following hospitals: JFK Medical Center, Good Samaritan Medical Center, and West Palm Hospital (formerly known as Columbia Hospital). She has been practicing medicine in Palm Beach County since 2000.
A Magna Cum Laude medical graduate, Dr. Marunowska trained at Heidelberg University, Germany, the Medical Academy Gdańsk, Poland and St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA. She received specialized, advanced training in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology from University of Michigan, Providence Hospital and Wayne State University. Dr. Marunowska is also certified in Cardiac Computed Tomography from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Marunowska served as Chief Fellow during her Cardiology Fellowship at Providence Hospital, Southfield, MI. She held teaching and academic appointments in the Department of Cardiology and Internal Medicine at the Medical School, Bydgoszcz, Poland where she also served as Director in the Research ECG Laboratory. A Diplomat in Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine, Dr. Marunowska is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
In 2006 she was listed as one of America’s top cardiologists by Consumer’s Research Council of America. She is a Vitals Top 10 Doctor as well as a 2012 Top Cardiologist in West Palm Beach, according to the International Association of Cardiologists (IAC). Dr. Marunowska is fluent in Polish and German.
Dr. Marunowska’s office is at 142 JFK Drive, Atlantis, FL, 33462. Learn more at www.AMCardiology.com.
Page Updated Last on: Jul 08, 2013