Dr. Angela DeRosa was dubbed “Doctor Hot Flash” by her patients. It wasn’t solely due to her focus on women’s health and specialization in hormones - it was because she also understood what her patients were going through. Hot flashes, night sweats, forgetfulness, weight gain, mood swings - she’d been there, searching for information, and tried it all, too. The nickname is a salute to her bubbly personality, warm empathy, and expertise.
DeRosa’s symptoms began in her mid-twenties, while she was attending medical school. They were routinely brushed off by others, or attributed to the stress of medical school and residency. In her quest to find out what was happening to her, it became clear that understanding, research and treatment of women’s hormonal health was woefully inadequate.
Dr. DeRosa reached premature menopause at 35 - and she made it her goal to change the paradigm of women’s healthcare. First, through her research, then her practice, then educating patients, all while training the next generation of healthcare professionals. Today, DeRosa Medical has offices in Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, and Glendale, treating thousands of patients each year while training new doctors and participating in or conducting clinical research trials.
As an Internal Medicine specialist, Dr. DeRosa practices and preaches the benefits of preventive care and maintaining a healthy weight. “It’s all about balance,” she said. “Mind, body, spirit. Good health is not just physical. It’s important to find passions that are dear to your own heart; to have joy and purpose in your life; to give back. Music is a passion for me, just like medicine. Plus I love dressing up and dancing!”
On Night of a Thousand Stars, Doctor Hot Flash will take the stage to raise awareness of kidney disease and also to raise much needed funds for treatment research. Over more than 20 years of clinical practice, she’s seen many patients with kidney disease. The youngest received a transplant at 14. Kidney disease can also strike in felines. Cats: more specifically rescued Himalayans and a Persian, are another of the doctor’s passions. As an animal lover and self-admitted “Crazy Cat Lady”, Dr. DeRosa has lost beloved pets to the disease.
“When people come together for a wonderful cause, we can do great things. Thank you for your generous support for me and the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona in Dancing With the Stars Arizona 2016!”