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Lara Kester Surles MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
2450 Emerald Place Drive
Greenville, NC
(252) 551-1066; (252) 847-4100

Dr. Lara Surles works as a family medicine practitioner and geriatrician in Greenville, NC. She is a graduate of East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Surles's medical residency was performed at the University Health Systems, Pitt County Memorial Hospital. She honors Medicare insurance. She is affiliated with Vidant Health.

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Mary Kathryn Rudyk MD
Specializes in Geriatrics (Elderly Care), Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
Senior Health Center; 1709A S 16th Street
Wilmington, NC
(910) 452-8633

Dr. Mary Rudyk specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). She is professionally affiliated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC). Dr. Rudyk's education and training includes medical school at McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences and residency at Toronto Western Hospital and a hospital affiliated with McMaster University. Patient ratings for Dr. Rudyk average 2.0 stars out of 5. She takes Medicare insurance.

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Clinical interests: Dementia, osteoporosis, incontinence, behavioral management

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Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
2221 South 17th Street
Wilmington, NC

Dr. Stephen Young specializes in general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care) and practices in Chapel Hill, NC, Wilmington, NC, and Raleigh, NC. Dr. Young honors Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Dr. Young attended medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

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Dr. Mark David Darrow MD
Specializes in Geriatrics (Elderly Care), Family Medicine, Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
2131 S 17th Street
Wilmington, NC

Dr. Mark Darrow's areas of specialization are family medicine, general internal medicine, and geriatrics (elderly care). He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Darrow graduated from Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine.

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Mark Edward Williams MD, FACP
Specializes in Geriatrics (Elderly Care), Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)
1725 New Hanover Medical Park Drive
Wilmington, NC
(910) 662-9300; (910) 772-9202

Dr. Mark Williams works as a general internist and geriatrician. He takes Medicare insurance. His education and training includes medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and residency at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. Dr. Williams is affiliated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC).

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Clinical interests: Geriatric care, function and independence, memory loss, ambulation difficulty

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
2207 Delaney Avenue
Wilmington, NC
(910) 392-7064

Dr. James Pence's specialties are family medicine, urgent care, and geriatrics (elderly care). He practices in Wilmington, NC. Dr. Pence attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC).

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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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