Clarendon Hills man makes his mark as a doctor
Dr. Edgar S. Carell talks to a patient's relatives after a successful stent graft procedure. The Clarendon Hills resident is a cardiologist at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and recently won an Adventist Physician Value Award. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Me
Updated: May 6, 2013 2:09AM
CLARENDON HILLS — Dr. Edgar S. Carell, a Clarendon Hills resident, was one of six physicians honored recently with Physician Value Awards for their work at Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial hospitals. The awards came via nominations by employees. Carell, medical director of the Cardiac Cath Lab, was recognized for his work with the cardiac catheterization teams at both hospitals. His award was for Stewardship.
Q. How does it make you feel that two co-workers thought enough of you to nominate you for this award?
A. It’s nice because these are people I work with on a daily basis. I’m trying to be more efficient with what we do, and I’m very, very happy that people understand what we’re trying to do.
Q. What have you done to try to be more efficient?
A. For the past 3-4 years, we’ve made it a focus to go through the radial artery (for stents and angiograms), instead of the groin and the femoral artery. It’s a much easier procedure for the patient because they can walk around immediately after the procedure, and they get to go home. We’ve been way ahead of the curve here for same-day discharge for stents.
Q. What are the most common top priorities you have for your patients?
A. We really have a strong focus in the hospital on patient safety and satisfaction. In the Cath Lab, we keep the most up-to-date technology, and safety is always a priority.
Q. Is it difficult to keep up on technology that affects your field?
A. There’s a tidal wave of medical knowledge coming at you. I try to go to educational meetings, and I read medical journals.
Q. Do you actually work both at the Hinsdale and La Grange hospitals?
A. I do, but about 80 percent of my time is spent in Hinsdale.
Q. Do you have a typical work day?
A. I usually start at Hinsdale and do some procedures there in the morning and am in the office in the afternoon.
Q. How long have you lived in Clarendon Hills, and why did you choose to live there?
A. We lived in Oak Park before, and I was looking to be closer to work. I drove through Clarendon Hills once at 5 a.m. and saw some kids had left their bikes out, and they hadn’t been stolen. We moved to Clarendon Hills about 12 years ago and love the community. It’s very friendly and safe.
Q. What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
A. I read a lot; I enjoy history, classics and literature. I exercise a lot; I run most days. My wife is an outstanding cook, and we eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. I try to practice what I preach as a cardiologist. I feel you have to do it and believe in it.