Luis Rodriguez’s interest in medicine was sparked by a deeply personal experience. “My father had diabetes. I was the one who took him to many of his appointments with the physician assistants (PA) who cared for him,” he says. “I was very interested in what they did and was able to learn a lot about the profession during those visits. I got to see both the patient and PA side of those discussions and interactions. I was able to see that good providers have good bedside manners.”
After completing his pre-med program at University of Texas Dallas, Rodriguez enrolled in the PA program at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. “My interest in urology started during PA school,” he adds. “I saw it was very hands on and focused on improving the patient’s quality of life. I knew that was what I wanted to do.”
His first PA post after graduation was in primary care at a non-profit clinic in Reno, Nevada, to fulfill his scholarship commitment to the National Health Service Corp. Once his service was complete, Rodriguez was free to return to his true calling—urology.
Rodriguez finds nurturing good health outcomes very rewarding. “Being able to earn a patient’s trust while we talk about delicate topics that are affecting their quality of life, is the start of good patient care,” he notes. “It is something I was able to witness between my father and the PAs who cared for him. I want to make a difference—whether it is helping someone dealing with urinary tract infections, low T, erectile dysfunction, prostatitis or advanced prostate cancer.” He feels right at home at Urology Partners of North Texas where trust, respect and genuine concern are at the heart of a patient-centric focus.
When Rodriguez isn’t caring for patients, the Dallas native loves spending time with his family and friends. The avid Formula 1 fan enjoys following the drama of the high-speed circuit. He’s also passionate about professional soccer and plays recreationally.