David Quintero, MD
Medical Director for Critical Care and Cardiopulmonary Services
Southeastern Regional Medical Center
"I believe we must put the patient first and give them the autonomy needed to take control of their treatment."
- David Quintero
- Universidad Libre, Barranquilla, Colombia
Internship / Residency
- Fundacion Universitaria de Ciencias de la Salud, Bogota, Colombia
- The University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City
- American Board of Internal Medicine
- Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta
Practicing Since: 2010
Dr. David Quintero was drawn to the patient-centered approach to care at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA). He joined our hospital in Newnan, Georgia, as the Medical Director of Intensive Care in February 2014 and was named Medical Director for Critical Care and Cardiopulmonary Services in July 2015.
“It’s about respecting and educating our patients while empowering them to make their own decisions,” says Dr. Quintero. “I believe we must put the patient first and give them the autonomy needed to take control of their treatment.”
Dr. Quintero decided to become a doctor when he was just 16 years old. He obtained his medical degree from the Universidad Libre in Baranquilla, Colombia in 1997 when he was 23 years old. He then worked as a general medical practitioner and as an emergency department physician at different hospitals in Bogota, Colombia.
In 2000, Dr. Quintero immigrated to the United States to learn English and continue his medical training. In 2006, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas in Kansas City. He served as chief resident from 2006 to 2007.
Dr. Quintero then completed a three-year fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2010. There, he received the Chief Fellow Award in 2009.
From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Quintero was Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at Emory, where he also treated patients with pulmonary hypertension. During his time at Emory, Dr. Quintero developed and directed The General and Cardiac Critical Care Ultrasound Curriculum for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program, which received a national award for excellence.
Dr. Quintero is certified in Internal, Pulmonary, and Critical care medicine through the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American Thoracic Society, American College of Chest Physicians, Society of Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Hypertension Association.
He has lectured and published on critical care and pulmonary hypertension topics. He also has participated in numerous clinical research trials to improve the care of patients with pulmonary hypertension.
At CTCA, Dr. Quintero specializes in treating patients with critical illness. He believes in spending time with patients and their families so they are engaged in their own care.
“I believe in establishing a dialogue with patients in order to learn who they are as people,” says Dr. Quintero. As he sees it, helping patients feel in control of their care is essential to the healing process. “I am thrilled to be part of the CTCA as I want to be part of the fight against cancer.”
Dr. Quintero spends his free time with his wife and two children. He enjoys sports, particularly for the competitive and motivational spirit it provides. He is diligent about exercising and maintains a healthy lifestyle.