Dr. Bustamante is a new member of our Filutowski Eye Institute family. He is passionate about the opportunities that ophthalmology provides to change the lives of his patients.
He and his fiance enjoy cooking, traveling, and scuba diving.
For as long as I can remember, I knew I was going to be a physician and surgeon. Or on an elementary level, my purpose was to live a life of service and put the needs of others before my own. Really the only question that remained was what type of doctor, and in what role I would serve.
Growing up, I was surrounded by doctors. My grandfather was an OB-GYN, my aunt a family medicine doctor, and my step-father an emergency room physician. Despite the exposure, I could not decide which specialty I was drawn to the most, and a large theme of my early years involved grappling with the idea of “who I was” professionally.
After moving to Chicago to attend Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, I moved closer to clarifying my focus. During my 3rd and 4th year clinical rotations I tried on many hats. I quickly learned I liked the decision-making process of general surgery, but could not tolerate the smells. I was drawn to neurosurgery after having completed a degree in neuroscience, but could not bear the thought of another seven years of training. I liked psychiatry due to the close relationships formed with patients and the ability to help them with the most intimate aspects of their lives, but could not give up working with my hands.
At last I participated in an ophthalmology rotation in my 4th and final year. I specifically remember the moment in clinic when my mentor removed the patch from a blind man’s eye after cataract surgery, and without warning he read one of the lowest lines on the letter chart.
I’ll never forget the ophthalmologist’s words when he turned to me and said “See, I’m working miracles before your eyes.” At that moment it all connected, and the path before me was crystal clear.
I look forward to continuing in this capacity and helping my patients achieve their visual goals. They can rest assured they will be treated as if they were a family member, with their best interest in mind.
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