Dr. Abochale, pulmonologist, joins Mercy

February 23, 2011

Dr. Eyad Abochale has joined St.

Joseph’s Mercy Clinic in Hot Springs

Pulmonologist Eyad Abochale, MD, has joined St. Joseph’s Mercy Clinic and is available to see new patients.

“I really like the way the work is structured here. We have one week in the ICU, one week in the hospital, and one week in the clinic,” Abochale said. “St. Joseph’s Mercy has a very good electronic health record system. It really makes it easier to take care of patients and communicate with healthcare providers.”

Abochale grew up in Syria but has lived in and around central Arkansas since 1998. He did his pulmonary critical care training at UAMS in Little Rock and has worked in Stuttgart, Brinkley and Hazen.

“My four children were all born in central Arkansas. We consider ourselves to be Arkansans,” Abochale said.

Abochale is a pulmonologist, also known as a pulmonary disease specialist. A pulmonologist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating disorders related to the lungs and respiratory system. He analyzes diagnostic tests, researches symptoms and administers appropriate treatments. Pulmonologists are skilled in helping patients with chronic conditions such as asthma, as well as acute complications of respiratory failure.

“Respiratory, lungs, critical care, ICU and also sleep medicine,” Abochale said. “We have a very diverse practice with simple problems like someone who is wheezing and coughing in the clinic to really sick patients in the ICU. We really get exposed to different things and that keeps it interesting.”

Through the Mercy Sleep Lab, Abochale is able to help both before and after the procedure.

“The unique thing that I offer is the option of not only sending a report to the referring physician on the sleep study, but actually seeing those patients before and after their sleep study to try and connect the dots about what the study shows or how they’re doing with treatment and modifying their treatments,” Abochale said. “Especially patients who don’t respond to initial treatments. A lot of those difficult sleep patients are hard to manage for primary care physicians.”

When he’s not working, Abochale spends his time with his family and tries to maintain his fitness.

“I like to bike, walk, stay fit, run, and lift weights. I try to take care of my body, family and all of that,” he said.

Taking care of patients’ respiratory needs is a Work of Mercy.

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