As the effectiveness of medicine improves and baby boomers reach old age, the field of geriatrics is increasing in importance. In response to this need, Emory's Wesley Woods Center has added three geriatricians to the outpatient clinic: James Lee, MD, Thomas Price, MD, and Germaine Cummings, MD.
The Wesley Woods outpatient clinic, which saw more than 21,000 patient visits last year, now has nine geriatricians on staff. Wesley Woods is the only healthcare provider in Atlanta that provides specialized geriatric care in inpatient and outpatient settings. The Wesley Woods medical staff are each trained in geriatrics and are attuned to the needs of older adults.
Senior citizens require more specialized care than a general practitioner can provide, however they do not require a specialist for each of their age-related issues. Similar to pediatricians, geriatricians provide overall health care to the elderly instead of specializing on a single area of the body.
"We are very pleased with the new additions to our staff," says Peter Basler, chief operating officer of the Wesley Woods Center. "Each of these physicians brings a wealth of knowledge and a sense of dedication in providing the best care for our older patients. Their addition to our staff also relieves scheduling difficulties so our patients can get in quicker."
"Caring for the elderly requires more than just knowledge of adult medicine," says Dr. Cummings. "A geriatrician needs to be aware of specific issues facing the elderly."
Dr. Price echoes Dr. Cumming's comments. "Wesley Woods offers elderly patients a much needed, integrative practice where specially-trained geriatricians work in concert with therapists, social workers, and nurses to provide a level of care that is sorely needed to assist an aging population in maintaining independence."
Dr. Lee, like his new colleagues, is looking forward to caring for his aging patients. "My main goal as an Emory physician is to make people healthy, and the staff, technology and support at Wesley Woods will allow me to reach my goal."
Dr. Cummings is a graduate of the Morehouse School of Medicine and completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine and gerontology at the Emory University School of Medicine; Dr. Price is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine and gerontology at the Emory University School of Medicine; and Dr. Lee is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia and completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC.
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