We found 7 geriatricians near Wilmington, NC.
Dr. Lara Surles' specialties are family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She practices in Greenville, NC. Dr. Surles is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. She is a graduate of East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at the University Health Systems, Pitt County Memorial Hospital. She is affiliated with Vidant Health.
Dr. Mary Rudyk is a general internist and geriatrician. Patients gave her an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rudyk is in-network for Medicare insurance. Before performing her residency at Toronto Western Hospital and a hospital affiliated with McMaster University, Dr. Rudyk attended McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences for medical school. Dr. Rudyk is professionally affiliated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC).
Clinical interests: Dementia, osteoporosis, incontinence, behavioral management
Dr. Stephen Young practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) in Chapel Hill, NC, Wilmington, NC, and Raleigh, NC. Dr. Young is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. His education and training includes medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Mark Darrow practices geriatrics (elderly care). Dr. Darrow takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine.
Dr. Mark Williams works as an internist and geriatrician in Wilmington, NC. He is affiliated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC). Before completing his residency at North Carolina Memorial Hospital, Dr. Williams attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Williams is in-network for Medicare insurance.
Clinical interests: Geriatric care, function and independence, memory loss, ambulation difficulty
Dr. James Pence specializes in family medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Wilmington, NC. He is professionally affiliated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC). Dr. Pence graduated from Duke University School of Medicine.
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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.