CLAYTON -- From working with wounded soldiers in a hospital in Baghdad, to working at a clinic in Honolulu, Dr. Raj Fofaria brings an array of experiences with him to his new posting in Clayton.
Fofaria is the full-time cardiologist at Wake Specialty Physicians, Raleigh Cardiology’s new office in Clayton.
“We were seeing a lot of folks from Clayton, so we wanted people to be able to stay in Johnston County for services,” said Fofaria. The new office is located off of U.S. 70 at 555 Medical Park Place, Suite 110.
Skills for wartime and peace
In Baghdad, Fofaria worked as a cardiologist and as a doctor in the Intensive Care Unit while serving in the U.S. Army. He saw soldiers who had heart attacks, or heart rhythm problems. And he also worked with soldiers who were wounded in battle, as well as locals.
“It was tough sometimes seeing young guys and what they had to go through,” said Fofaria. At the time he was abroad, he was 35.
“Some days were really busy when there were battles,” said Fofaria. “Whatever happened with the war dictated how your day was going to go.”
After returning from Iraq, Fofaria worked in Honolulu. There, he served as the medical director of cardiac rehabilitation at an Army medical center.
Fofaria’s combination of experiences abroad and at home have given him a unique perspective on how to serve patients.
“I joined Raleigh Cardiology because they were a lot like the military,” said Fofaria. He said in the military he got to spend a lot of time with patients. Sometimes he’d spend up to an hour with patients at a visit. Unlike some medical practices that require their physicians to work with a certain number of patients to maintain the budget, Raleigh Cardiology emphasizes maximum quality of time with each patient over the quantity of the patients.
Both abroad and at home, Fofaria has worked to make a difference in people’s lives. He said what first drew him to cardiology was the impact he saw he could have.
“It’s an area where people can get really sick so you can make a really big impact when you help them,” he said.
Back at home
A native of Garner, Fofaria’s new posting in Clayton has brought him back home.
“It’s nice to be close to my family,” he said.
A graduate of Duke University, Fofaria holds a Bachelor of Science in biology. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University.
He will be working from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at Wake Specialty Physicians. There will also be other doctors from Raleigh Cardiology working part-time at the new office.