Edgardo Diez, M.D.
February 18, 2015
A talented leader and clinician, specializing in Head Injury and Rehabilitation
Dr. Diez is the Chief of Staff at CarePartners Rehabilitation Hospital in Asheville, NC. He also serves as the Medical Director of Inpatient / Outpatient Services at CarePartners Health Services. He received his Doctorate in Medicine from the Universidad Central del Caribe in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Dr. Diez completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York.
Why Dr. Diez was nominated:
- Dr. Diez is a talented clinician, a healer, a leader of our rehabilitation-focused teams, a true advocate for meeting patients and families where they are.
- He is the “go-to” physician colleague for those caring for patients with rehabilitation needs such as living with amputation, spinal cord injury and so on – and for acute care providers and specialist practitioners.
- He loves to share his earned experience and wisdom and is infinitely curious about new breakthroughs, current evidence and practice improvement information.
- He is practical, hopeful and deeply comforting when speaking with patients and families and with the team.
Dr. Diez is fun-loving and talks to us about the need to care for ourselves and our own needs. He is a man without pretense and is a breath of fresh air in the midst of all times – especially in times of inevitable struggle, loss and difficulty. I feel a special bond to him because he has without fail across all of these years been a gentleman, a teacher and a friend.”
In Dr. Diez’s own words:
What does being a doctor mean to you?
When I got injured in high school, my experience with a rehab doctor helped me see that’s what I wanted to do: restore people’s function. Early on, I recognized how you can help people with disabilities – people not able to walk or those with difficulties performing tasks.”
Can you tell us about your community involvement or volunteer work?
I’m Hispanic, from Puerto Rico…and either because of my roots or necessity, or both, every time there is a Hispanic patient I see them! I am involved in disparity and diversity programs sponsored by the local Medical Society. For a long time, I’ve been involved with support groups for traumatic brain injury (TBI). I also run a clinic for amputees with missing extremities twice a month.”
How would you use the award money?
I’d use it for Project Access, a Medical Society program here that helps individuals without insurance. It’s based on medical need, not income, and helps refer patients to the doctor or service that can help. I would also fund the Traumatic Brain Injury Association of North Carolina.”