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Heart of Courage – EP. 108

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courage, honesty, perseverance. Barbara Roberts was one of the first female Cardiologist ever. But her bravery became even more pronounced when she started to treat famed New England crime boss Raymond Loreda Salvatore Patriarca. Barbara shares her fascinating stories about standing by the legendary criminal through medical and legal battles, all while juggling a life and love story of her own.

COURAGE • HONESTY • PERSEVERANCE

BARBARA ROBERTS

Top Takeaways From This Episode:

  • We should celebrate women like Barbara who paved the way for other females in her field.
  • All people deserve access to good quality medical care, even criminals.
  • We are more than where we came from. The morals our parents taught us are allowed to change as we experience life.
  • Everyone needs their “people.”

Show Notes:

Barbara Roberts was one of the first female cardiologist – ever! And on top of that, she isn’t just your average cardiologist. In fact, she’s known for fearlessly offering her services to one patient in particular – New England crime boss, Raymond Loreda Salvatore Patriarca.

The First Female Cardiologist, Ever

Barbara grew up as the oldest of 10 children on 52 acres of land outside New York City. She says her father, the head of a devout catholic family, worshipped only priests and doctors. So at the young age of 16, she decided to pursue a career in medicine, but it wasn’t until years later, on her OBGYN rotations, that she gave herself the title of a feminist. After seeing the devastating effects of back-ally abortions, she began fighting for women’s rights and even joined in anti-war rallies too.

A Strange Twist of Fate

When her first marriage ended, the single mother moved to Boston for a fellowship. There, she became the first female cardiologist in the state. As her career grew to be more and more successful, doctors began to refer patients to her. One exciting chain of events led to the referral of a man known to be the head of the New England mafia, Raymond Loreda Salvatore Patriarca.

Raymond Senior as she calls him, went on to be her patient for almost four years. She had the courage to stand by an old man who was now in his 70s, and yet only four years removed from prison, through both medical and legal battles.

Barbara chose to take this infamous client on because she takes her Hippocratic Oath seriously. She knows, without a doubt,  all people deserve proper medical care.

Amidst it all, she kept secret her love affair with another member of the mafia, in order to make her testimony valid when she proclaimed that Raymond Senior was medically unfit for trial.

A Different Kind of Courage

But perhaps the most courageous thing Barbara did was keeping calm among the chaos – a common trait we see amongst medical professionals. She somehow endured custody battles for her own children as well as balanced the pressure of a career which was studded with crime and romance. All the while, never straying far from her feminist values.

Barbra finally share's her incredible story in her new memoir, The Doctor Broad: A Mafia Love StoryIt's an incredible tale that's just crazy enough to be true.

Giving is Good:

Barbara is an ongoing supporter of her favorite charity, Women for Women International. 

The organization aims to break down social, economic, and cultural barriers women face around the world. Since its creation, their programs have impacted more than 500,000 women from war and conflict-ridden countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Just like Barbara, the organization is all about heart and courage.

courage, honesty, perseverance. Barbara Roberts was one of the first female Cardiologist ever. But her bravery became even more pronounced when she started to treat famed New England crime boss Raymond Loreda Salvatore Patriarca. Barbara shares her fascinating stories about standing by the legendary criminal through medical and legal battles, all while juggling a life and love story of her own.
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Heather Vickery
Heather Vickery
Heather Vickery is an award-winning business owner and global leader with over 20 years as an entrepreneur. She leverages her entrepreneurial skills and expertise to coach individuals towards greater personal and professional fulfillment by helping them leverage their fear into intentional bravery. Heather says “When we choose bravely, on purpose, we choose bigger, have bigger successes and it’s contagious” A celebrated public speaker, Heather inspires audiences and empowers attendees with the tools they need to live bold and successful lives through creating balance, time management, mindfulness, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. She’s the author of Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus and Grow Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Kids and Families. Heather is also the host and executive producer of The Brave Files Podcast.
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