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We found 3 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 practices geriatrics (elderly care) and adult rheumatology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. McIlwain's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, geriatric health, and lupus. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. McIlwain has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. McIlwain is conversant in Spanish.

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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's medical specialty is general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
5 Tampa General Circle; Hmt Suite 120
Tampa, FL

Dr. Vincent Perron is an internist and geriatrician in Tampa, FL. Dr. Perron is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as 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.