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Paula Ugalde Figueroa, MD

4.9 out of 5 (50 Ratings)


Thoracic Surgery

About Paula Ugalde Figueroa

Paula Ugalde, MD earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Federal University Bahia Medical School in Brazil. She then completed her Thoracic Surgery Fellowship at the Centre de Pneumolgie et de Chirugie Thoracique Hospital Laval in Quebec, Canada. In addition, Dr. Ugalde is a member of the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Women in Thoracic Surgery, European Society of Thoracic Surgery, and the International Association of the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC). Dr. Ugalde is an Associate Surgeon in the Division of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Ugalde was inspired to become a thoracic surgeon as it provided her with the ability to bring comfort to another human being while putting the quality of her patient’s life first. She believes it is important to work in a healthy environment where all healthcare personnel prioritize the well-being of patients through respect, good communication and care for one another.

When not at work, Dr. Ugalde enjoys spending time biking, jogging, going to the gym, and traveling.


Practicing at the following locations:

  1. Southcoast Physicians Group Thoracic Surgery

    191 Bedford St Melcor Building Second Floor
    Fall River, MA 02720

    P: 508-973-2204

    Get Directions 41.7010292 -71.15195069999999

Insurances Accepted

Southcoast accepts most major insurance plans. Call the Southcoast patient registration department at 844-297-2952 or your health plan with any questions regarding coverage.

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Patient Comments (14)

At Southcoast Health, we strive to deliver exceptional patient care along with an exceptional patient experience. We appreciate all of your feedback and share your comments to recognize the wonderful care our teams provide to you as well as identify areas for improvement.

  • My visit was a for a consult. Dr. Ugalde asked pertinent questions and offered a possible plan for further investigation. I agreed with her suggestion and will wait to hear information about the next step.

  • When my husband and I met with Dr. Ugalde, we were very impressed with her manner and the knowledge of my case. We discussed all the pros and cons of the upcoming surgery. I feel very confident that this surgery will go well and I will be in good hands with her.

  • She explained all options open to me clearly so I could make an informed decision about how to proceed. The staff was exceptional in their efficiency in setting up pre-op tests and appointments.

  • Dr Ugalde is very kind and professional. I am very confident in her ability.

  • The service was very good, I was respected, they tried to understand me, they looked for an interpreter to speak and listen to me. I felt welcomed

  • You guys were great very good experience

  • The receptionist and the nurse were very professional and helpful. The doctor was familiar with my tests/history and was thorough in her explanation of my issue and what needed to be done. Very patient and knowledgeable when answering our questions about our course of action.

  • Dr. Ugalde is always informative and extremely professional in her examinations and explanation as to my course of action regarding my reversal surgery. She is very complete in the tests and procedures I need to progress to a successful surgical outcome.

  • Dr Paula explained everything in layman's terms and when I looked loss she showed me on the poster what she was talking about! She listened to me and was not on the computer the entire time, like other southcoast drs do! I was impressed

  • Dr. Ugalde is extremely confident, physician, who answered all my questions, and made it clear to me what my options were and the treatment of my esophageal cancer. I'm grateful for the clarity, she provided and you should probably give her a raise. Thank you.

  • Timely appointments, clearly explained information. Believe Doctor Ugaldi truly cares.

  • My appointment time was changed several times, but I was treated with respect and listened to

  • My doctor was very pleasant, very professional and explained my medical issues where I could understand what was going on. So I really appreciated that thank you.

  • Dr. Figueroa was very professional, knowledgeable of the subject in question and showed concern and empathy for my health. Thanks, Dr. Figueroa.

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Why does Southcoast publish survey ratings online?
Southcoast is dedicated to providing patients and consumers with helpful information about the quality of our patients’ experiences. Star ratings published on our physician biography pages are based on actual responses from patients of that particular physician to patient satisfaction surveys that are distributed and processed by a national patient satisfaction survey vendor.

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How is the Patient Satisfaction Star Rating Calculated?
Star ratings are calculated using an average of all survey responses to each of three questions: Courtesy and Respect of Staff, Provider Overall Rating, and  Willingness to Recommend Provider’s Office.  The star rating displayed on our physicians’ main biography page represents the average of the three measures for that particular physician.