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Meet Robert A. Leonardi, MD, Cardiologist with Lexington Cardiology

Dr. Robert Leonardi of Lexington Cardiology

Dr. Robert Leonardi of Lexington Cardiology

Robert A. Leonardi, MD has joined Lexington Medical Center’s network of care as a cardiologist at Lexington Cardiology.

We asked Dr. Leonardi why he chose to pursue cardiology and what he likes about the job.

LMC: Why did you want to become a doctor?
Dr. Leonardi: I was a wildlife biology major at Clemson and thought I would pursue a career managing private hunting and fishing properties. But during an animal physiology class, I became interested in cardiac physiology. That’s when I started working toward medical school.

LMC: When did you know that you wanted to be an interventional cardiologist?
Dr. Leonardi: In medical school, I was working a shift in the emergency room when a hospital employee suffered a STEMI, one of the most dangerous types of heart attacks, where an artery is completely blocked. I was able to observe the cardiologists unblock the artery in a catheterization lab procedure. Their work produced an immediate result, stopping a life-threatening heart attack.

LMC: What are your favorite parts of the job?
Dr. Leonardi: I’ve completed fellowships in interventional cardiology and structural interventional cardiology. I enjoy performing procedures that can help fix problems related to the structure of the heart and the heart valves.

Lexington Cardiology has two locations.

Downtown Columbia
2601 Laurel Street
Suite 260
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 744-4900

West Columbia
131 Sunset Court
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 744-4940

Get to know Dr. Castro

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.