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Specializes in Geriatrics (Elderly Care), Family Medicine

2111 S 17th Street
Wilmington, NC
(910) 815-5081

(Average of 1 in 1 rating)

Dr. Mark Darrow's medical specialty is geriatrics (elderly care) and family medicine. He is affiliated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Dr. Darrow graduated from Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital. Dr. Darrow accepts Medicare insurance. He has received the distinction of Fellow American College of Physicians, American College of Physicians.

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics (Elderly Care)

2450 Emerald Place Drive
Greenville, NC
(252) 551-1066; (252) 847-4100

(Average of 5 in 1 rating)

Dr. Lara Surles practices geriatrics (elderly care) and family medicine in Greenville, NC. She is professionally affiliated with Vidant Medical Center. She attended medical school at East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Surles's training includes a residency program at the University Health Systems, Pitt County Memorial Hospital. She accepts Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Geriatrics (Elderly Care), Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)

2221 S. 17th Street - SEAHEC
Wilmington, NC
(910) 772-9202; (910) 343-0161

Clinical interests: Geriatric Medicine, University Physicians, Maintaining function and independence, Memory loss, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mark Williams' medical specialty is geriatrics (elderly care) and general internal medicine. He is especially interested in memory loss. He accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Williams studied medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at North Carolina Memorial Hospital and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Williams has received the following distinctions: Fellow American College of Physicians, American College of Physicians; Best Practices Award, National Institute on Human Resources in Aging; and Silver Reel Award, International Television Association. He is affiliated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the University of Virginia Health System.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Geriatrics (Elderly Care)

Senior Health Center; 1709A S 16th Street
Wilmington, NC
(910) 452-8633

(Average of 2.7 in 7 ratings)

Clinical interests: Dementia, osteoporosis, incontinence, behavioral management

Dr. Mary Rudyk works as a geriatrician and internist. Her patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Rudyk is affiliated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center. She honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. She attended McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences and then went on to complete her residency at Toronto Western Hospital and a hospital affiliated with McMaster University.

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics (Elderly Care), Urgent Care

2222 S 17th Street
Wilmington, NC
(910) 343-8209

Dr. Midesha Pillay specializes in geriatrics (elderly care), urgent care, and family medicine and practices in Greenville, NC and Wilmington, NC. In addition to English, Dr. Pillay speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with East Carolina University, Dr. Pillay attended medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She honors Medicare insurance. She has received the following distinction: Geriatric Award, Brody School of Medicine Geriatric Division.

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Specializes in Geriatrics (Elderly Care), Hospice and Palliative Medicine (End-of-Life Care and Serious Illness), Adult Critical Care

2131 South 17th Street
Wilmington, NC
(910) 772-5444; (910) 343-0161

Clinical interests: Coordination of geriatric care, advanced care planning and family support.

Dr. Stephen Young specializes in geriatrics (elderly care) and general internal medicine and practices in Chapel Hill, NC and Wilmington, NC. Dr. Young takes several insurance carriers, including First CarolinaCare, CIGNA Plans, and Three Rivers. He graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the University of North Carolina Hospitals.

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Specializes in Geriatrics (Elderly Care), Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)

2131 S 17th Street
Wilmington, NC
(910) 343-7001

Dr. Saifullah Afridi practices geriatrics (elderly care) and general internal medicine. He takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Afridi attended medical school at Aga Khan University Medical College. His hospital/clinic affiliations include WakeMed Faculty Practice Plan and WakeMed Cary Hospital.

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics (Elderly Care), Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

2207 Delaney Avenue
Wilmington, NC
(910) 392-7064; (910) 763-3481

Dr. James Pence sees patients in Wilmington, NC. His medical specialties are geriatrics (elderly care), osteopathic manipulative medicine, and family medicine. Dr. Pence attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Geriatrics (Elderly Care), Urgent Care

4402 Shipyard Boulevard
Wilmington, NC
(910) 452-7000

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Specializes in Psychiatry, Geriatrics (Elderly Care)

311-4e Judges Road
Wilmington, NC

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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.

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