Meet Dr. Amrutha PavlePrimary Care Physician

Amrutha Pavle, M.D., says her passion for family medicine was ignited early in her life.

“I grew up in a small town in India, and one of our family friends was a general practitioner. He was able to take care of every person who came to his door, for any kind of medical condition. I wanted to be someone who could do that: help each and every patient who came to my clinic, no matter what problem they came in with,” Dr. Pavle says.

“I couldn’t limit myself to one body system – I see my patient’s health as a whole and would like to address every symptom they might have to improve their overall health. Family medicine allows me to do just that.”

Now a family care physician in UT Southwestern’s Richardson Clinic, Dr. Pavle gets to have the best of both worlds: An opportunity both to treat the full spectrum of patients in her community and to offer her patients the specialty care of a major academic medical center.

Passionate About Preventive Medicine

As a primary care physician, Dr. Pavle’s job is to help her patients avoid chronic diseases and to catch problems early, at their most treatable stage.

“I’m passionate about preventive medicine,” she says, “because it makes such a big difference in a person’s future quality of life.”

It’s easy to take our health for granted while we have it, Dr. Pavle notes, and it can be hard to imagine how much our lives will change if we become seriously ill.

A big part of her job is taking time to sit down and talk with her patients, to learn about their family history and their own health history, and then to educate them and encourage them toward a lifestyle that will help them avoid chronic illnesses and really live the life they want to live.

When there are health risks or problems to address, Dr. Pavle asks her patients to take charge in finding solutions.

“We talk about what they’ve done in the past – what’s worked and what hasn’t worked. Then we figure out daily changes that they can actually do. That’s what I believe in. I don’t tell my patients what to do; it’s my patients who come up with solutions that work for them,” she says.

“It’s all about taking the time to really personalize the treatment that can change that person’s health – and life – in a meaningful way.”

Access to the Latest Treatments

Being at UT Southwestern gives Dr. Pavle even more ways to help her patients.

“I get to work in the community, but I also have access to academic research and experience through our university hospital. The physicians here have the most up-to-date information and experience with all different kinds of specialties. So if my patient has something very serious or unusual, I can offer him the best care there is, right here in my own institution,” she says.

The combination of community and academic medicine suits Dr. Pavle’s style, which is to go above and beyond whenever possible.

“I listen. I help as much as I can, every patient I see. My job gives me the opportunity to do so every day. That’s what I love about family medicine,” she says.