By Wendy Sarubbi | July 8, 2020 11:56 am

Internal medicine physician Dr. Yanisa Del Toro joins UCF Health and the faculty of UCF College of Medicine this month. She brings with her 16 years of experience as the associate program director of the internal medicine program and associate clerkship director for primary care at Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.

As an internal medicine physician she specializes in the treatment and management of chronic conditions.“Chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity and hypertension, and COPD are rising, not just in Florida but across the country, and it’s important to manage these conditions to help prevent further complications related to these diseases that could end up being life-threatening,” said Dr. Del Toro.

Although diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol are usually associated with older patients, Dr. Del Toro says there are increasingly more younger patients with these conditions due to obesity and it’s important to get these conditions under control.

An avid runner and cyclist who has run six half marathons, Dr. Del Toro says her goal is to help patients incorporate lifestyle choices that will enhance their health.

Moving to Orlando during a pandemic in April was a challenge, and Dr. Del Toro says she follows the same advice she gives her patients during this difficult time by staying mindful and exercising. “Keep in touch with family, find time to exercise outdoors, meditate and enjoy nature,” she said.

As a native Spanish speaker Dr. Del Toro says she hopes to be able to educate and treat Orlando’s growing Spanish-speaking population about preventing and managing chronic diseases. “Patients are more open and will listen, and are more likely to do what I advise them to do when they hear it in their primary language,” said Dr. Toro, “They ask more questions and it gives them more confidence in the healthcare they are receiving.”

She was drawn to UCF Health and the College of Medicine because of her interest in teaching and patient care. Dr. Del Toro will split her time between caring for patients at UCF Health and training medical students.

“I am excited about joining UCF Health and the College of Medicine and being able to make a difference in treating chronic conditions while mentoring the next generation of physicians,” she said.

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