By the time Dr. Heather Urrego was 6 years old, she knew that medicine was her calling. “My mom has been a nurse my entire life, and my dad was on the ‘founding’ crew of Life Force at Erlanger as a flight paramedic,” she explains. “I have always been around medicine – it’s just in my blood.” With special interests in sexual health and caring for the LGBTQIA+ community, Dr. Urrego has been practicing obstetrics and gynecology for the last 10 years, and she enjoys the varied nature of her job. “I’m in the operating room about one day a week, I’m working with residents other days, and I have one day a week for travel – you can find me in South Pittsburg, Signal Mountain, or Erlanger East,” she says. “I’m a local girl from Ooltewah, and I am so glad that I was able to move home and be a part of the team at Erlanger.”
“I love being there for women in their happiest moments, as well as their saddest moments.”
1. What do you love most about your profession?
I love my job – I love chatting with women and getting to know them. I love helping people grow in a healthy and happy way.
2. What is one of your happiest professional moments?
Watching residents grow and mature. They start so timid and unsure, and after a couple of years, it’s a completely different person standing beside you in the OR. It has been my life’s joy to help these young professionals become the best physicians they can be so that they can help women in whatever community they go to.
3. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
My upbeat personality. I can find the good in just about any situation.
4. What do you see as the most exciting new development for your profession?
I feel the move from open procedures to laparoscopic has been an exciting development. People can have a major surgery, and in most cases, go home the same day.
5. Why have you chosen this field of specialty?
OB/GYN has the whole trifecta: clinical practice, operating room, and delivering babies. Is there a better profession? I think not!
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