Luis de Jesus

This article was originally featured in Connect: Spring 2015

“Our patients are endearing and intriguing. Not only are they smart and eager to learn and make healthy lifestyle changes, they are founts of knowledge given their varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds,” notes de Jesus. “Their energy and enthusiasm keep me young,” he smiles, “an invaluable perk of my job.”

An immigrant himself (de Jesus emigrated from the Philippines in 1988), de Jesus proudly boasts that the composition of Health Services’ staff parallels the diversity of RU–N’s student body. “It fosters a more welcoming environment to have health care professionals who resemble our patients. Moreover, having highly competent, hardworking personnel makes the experience all the better.”

De Jesus primarily provides internal or general medicine care to his patients. He focuses on the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases (colds, influenza, pneumonia, and sexually transmitted diseases) and chronic diseases (asthma, high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure). He also counsels on smoking cessation, nutrition, and exercise.

When he’s not seeing patients, de Jesus is busy maintaining and writing content for the Health Services website. He vigilantly follows public health threats, like the recent measles outbreak, and continually posts alerts and useful advice. De Jesus also spearheaded Health Services’ environmentally conscious move to electronic medical records. After a yearlong transition toward a paperless infrastructure, all data now are stored in one secure place, at one’s fingertips.

“I can’t overstate what a tremendous advantage this is in treating patients. No more pieces of paper getting lost; followup tasks are easier to track; nothing falls through the cracks; and data retrieval is much faster for doctors and patients. This effort probably is one of my greatest contributions to Health Services to date.”

Also rewarding to de Jesus is his time spent in the classroom. He is a frequent guest lecturer of Dr. Sandra Samuels’s “Health and Social Justice” course where he shares with undergraduate students his insight on health disparities, preventable diseases, and sexually transmitted infections.

To avoid becoming a familiar cliché, “all work and no play …,” for recreation, de Jesus and his spouse of 17 years hike up and down New York’s Adirondack Mountains during warmer months, enjoying the majestic views. The peace and tranquility are a welcome contrast to the verve and pulse of the Big Apple, de Jesus’s place of residency, and Brick City, his place of employment.