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Meet Dr. Luris Sanchez, Family Medicine

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Meet Dr. Luris Sanchez, Family Medicine

Where are you originally from?

I am originally from Chitre, a small town in Panama.

Why did you choose OGHS?

I finished medical school in Costa Rica in 1986 and moved to the United States in 1987. I completed my residency in Galveston, TX in 1994 and was recruited to rural Opelousas. My initial plan was to remain in Opelousas for two years to get my green card. I fell in love with this area due to the friendly and family-oriented nature, which was very similar to the culture I was used to. I became a citizen in 2008 and currently maintain a dual citizenship.

What is your favorite thing about working at OGHS?

My favorite thing about working at OGHS is the people that I work with. They are nice and friendly. Southern hospitality seems to come naturally here.

What do you enjoy most about being a physician?

I knew I wanted to be a physician since the age of 14. My grades were good, which allowed me to study any area I was interested in, so I focused on the sciences. I was very involved in church and participated in many philanthropic activities throughout my childhood, such as charity work in indigent places and working with individuals who are sick. Being a physician is something I knew I had a passion for from a very young age.

What would you like everyone to know about you?

Most people don’t know that I am a musician. I played the organ in church and learned the guitar at the age of 7. I enjoy all genres of music and particularly enjoy playing classical or Spanish music.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I enjoy traveling, both in the US and internationally. I love watching television series, movies, and Broadway theatre. I love animals and am a proud supporter of the FUR Shelter. My cat Georgie, will be 26 years old in October. I also enjoy playing tennis.