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We found 2 geriatricians who accept Coventry Bronze HMO near Tampa, FL.

Dr. Harris Hugh McIlwain, MD
Specializes in Geriatrics, Adult Rheumatology
4700 North Habana Avenue; Suite 201
Tampa, FL

Dr. Harris McIlwain is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology. Dr. McIlwain is conversant in Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. McIlwain include diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. McIlwain has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Clinical interests: Diabetes, Lupus, Tendonitis, Geriatric Health, X-Rays

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
409 Bayshore Boulevard
Tampa, FL

Dr. Vanessa Veve is a Tampa, FL physician who specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Veve honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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What is Geriatrics?

Geriatrics is the subspecialty of internal medicine that provides primary care to older adults. Physical health tends to decline with age, and geriatricians work to manage such age-related concerns as chronic illness, frailty, multiple medications, and declining mental health to keep seniors as active and independent as possible.

Some of the most common concerns seen by a geriatrician include:

  • Mobility issues, including the need for canes and walkers, as well as preventing falls
  • Osteoporosis, a weakening of the bones, which affects as many as a quarter of all men and half of all women over fifty
  • Loss of hearing or vision
  • Incontinence, or the inability to control one’s bladder
  • Memory loss, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

A geriatrician may also provide their patients with comprehensive care that includes checking on their social health. Seniors are at increased risk for poverty, loneliness, abuse, and injuries in the home. As part of their health care, a geriatrician may inquire about family support, living conditions, or the ability of a patient to perform daily self-care tasks.

In some cases, a geriatrician may serve as an advisor to other physicians on a specific case or condition. However, most of the time geriatrics is a primary care specialty, and geriatricians provide routine health care to the older patients they work with.