Shepherd Center Adds New Physician to Medical Staff
David Quintero, M.D., will lead critical care services at Shepherd Center.
Shepherd Center announced that David Quintero, M.D., a board-certified pulmonologist and critical care physician, joined its medical staff on December 9, 2020. Dr. Quintero will serve as medical director of Shepherd Center’s 10-bed intensive care unit (ICU), as well as critical care services.
“Dr. Quintero is a welcome addition to Shepherd Center, which is the only freestanding, specialized rehabilitation hospital with an ICU incorporated into its continuum of care,” said Michael Yochelson, M.D., MBA, chief medical officer at Shepherd Center. “Dr. Quintero is a highly experienced pulmonologist who will provide exemplary care to our most critically injured and sick patients so that they can begin their rehabilitation journey.”
Dr. Quintero obtained his medical degree at the Universidad Libre in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1997. He did his post-graduate training in internal medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine from 2003-2007. He also completed a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia in 2010. Before joining Shepherd Center, Dr. Quintero was the medical director of the intensive care unit, cardiopulmonary services and inpatient hospital medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Medical Center in Newnan, Georgia. He also served as assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Emory University and The Emory Clinic in Atlanta.
"I am so thrilled to become part of the Shepherd Center family," Dr. Quintero said. "It is energizing to join an institution full of friendly and caring people. I am captivated not only by the patient-centered collaborative team approach but also by the ability of Shepherd Center to impact patients’ lives in very positive ways. I look forward to the learning, growth, and collegiality that will come from caring for patients together."
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.