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Internal Medicine

 

Dr. Daniel Godinez – Internist

 

dr_godinezAs an internist, Dr. Godinez treats only adult patients. In Belize, medical adults are those who are thirteen years and over. An internist deals with problems of the internal organs and that includes cases involving diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, heart attacks, stomach problems, cholesterol problems, lung problems – in effect, any of the problems afflicting internal organs. Internists such as him do not attend children, expecting mothers, nor do they perform surgeries. Dr. Godinez holds clinic at KHMH twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Dr. Godinez received his training at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala, graduating in 1987, and then his specialization at Roosevelt Hospital in Guatemala City, completing as an internist in 1990. He came to Belize in July of that same year, and has worked with the Ministry of Health since then, beginning at the old Belize City Hospital. In 1996, he left for Merida for an additional year to study Emergency Medicine. Dr. Godinez’s experience includes nine years being in charge of the emergency department. His personal work motto that shapes much of his professional activities is “We live to serve.” In his down time, he enjoys watching movies, playing football when possible, and travelling.

 

Membership:

Belize Medical and Dental Association

 



Dr. Mark Musa – Gastroenterologist/Internal Medicine

 

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Gastroenterology is the specialty that deals with the digestive system and any problems or investigations related to the stomach, small intestine, colon, liver and the bile ducts. Dr. Mark Musa completed his general medical training at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad in 1998. He went on to work and specialized in England at an affiliate of the University of Manchester. In England, Dr. Musa specialized simultaneously in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, finishing in 2007 and returning to Belize. In February 2008, he joined the KHMH.

 

Dr. Musa sees patients through the emergency department, on the ward, and in specialist clinics seeing an average of 10 patients per clinic. Two sessions of upper endoscopy and colonoscopy are also offered, on Mondays and Fridays, at an average of about 6 procedures per week.  Upper Endoscopy is a test that examines and diagnoses problems of the throat, esophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestines, while colonoscopy is a procedure that examines and investigates problems related to the large intestine/colon. KHMH currently has new and up-to- date equipment. Dr. Musa looks forward to developing the therapeutic part of endoscopy services at KHMH, whereby minimal invasive treatment can be done to treat bleeding ulcers, bleeding veins, hemorrhoids and to remove colon polyps.

 

Dr. Musa credits his motivation with the desire to make his knowledge and skill available to the most people possible. This is why he places importance on working at the country’s national referral hospital. He also places importance on raising public awareness that investigations and treatment can be done to the digestive system and that it is available at KHMH at an affordable cost. Access, awareness and education to the patient and improving health care are guiding posts for him. He credits his mother, who is a nurse, as being a great influence in his choice of career as well as his natural interest in the sciences. His guiding mantra is that medicine is a multidisciplinary team approach, with each member giving 100%. In his free time, Dr. Musa enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his wife and children.

 

Membership:

Belize Medical and Dental Association

British Gastroenterology Society (Gastroenterology)

Royal College of Physicians (Internal Medicine)

 

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