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Dr. Fernando Castro

Dr. Fernando Castro

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Fernando X. Castro, MD, to the hospital’s network of care. He joins Bryan Wolf, MD, Janie “Kaki” Bruce, MD, and Bruce Goeckeritz, MD, at Lexington Rheumatology.

Dr. Castro is a board-certified rheumatologist who completed his residency as well as a rheumatology and immunology fellowship at the University of Missouri and Harry Truman VA Hospitals in Columbia, Mo.

We recently sat down with Dr. Castro to ask him why he chose a career in medicine and what he likes about the job.

LMC: Why did you want to become a physician?

Dr. Castro: I’ve always thought doctors were helpful people, so that was appealing to me. It also helped that I graduated from high school in biology and chemistry, and that helped take me in the direction of medicine. Growing up in Ecuador is different from the U.S., as you choose a career path much earlier in life. I’m fortunate that mine worked out.

LMC: What area of medicine are you most passionate about?

Dr. Castro: I enjoy treating all rheumatologic conditions. Specifically, I like the management and prevention of osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and uveitis.

LMC: How does Lexington Rheumatology diagnose and treat patients?

Dr. Castro: Lexington Rheumatology has an in-office lab, infusion center for the administration of different IV products and an in-office Dexa Scan to check for osteoporosis. These tools allow us to provide better care, faster.

Dr. Castro is accepting new patients.

To learn more about Dr. Castro and Lexington Rheumatology, visit or call (803) 936-7410 to schedule an appointment.

Heart Fair 2014

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Hundreds of people came to Lexington Medical Center’s inaugural Heart Fair at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Columbia on Sunday. From healthy cooking demonstrations to health screenings and physician lectures, community members learned about optimizing their cardiovascular health. Did we see you there?