New physician joins Lakewood Regional

LAKEWOOD - Dr. Francisco Badar, a family practice physician, has joined the staff of Lakewood Regional Medical Center.Badar graduated medical school from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines, and competed his residency in family medicine at North Oakland Medical Center in Pontiac, Mich., where he served as Chief Resident during his last year of training. He is a member of the American Medical Association and is board eligible in family practice. Badar, who has had research findings published in Resident and Staff Physician medical journal, said he believes family medicine is about providing caring and comprehensive health care to patients of all ages. "I believe that the practice of medicine is a relationship," Badar said. "Every time I walk into a patient's room I ask myself, 'What would I do if this was my sister, brother or parent?'" The desire to help heal through medicine runs in Badar's family. His father is a surgeon and his five sisters are all physicians or acute care nurses practicing in Southern California. "My goal is to assist my patients maintain a comfortable level of general health, with a focus on education, prevention, early detection, and treatment," Badar said. Badar recently moved to Irvine with his wife and three children. Besides starting up his new practice, he also holds free hypertension and BMI screenings at Lakewood Regional and various nursing homes around the area. To contact Badar, or to schedule an appointment, call his office (562) 633-0201. ********** Published: January 23, 2009 - Volume 7 - Issue 40