Dr. John Ragsdale

By: John Ragsdale, MD

Some new providers have joined the Family Medicine division since my last blog and I wanted to make note of those.

First is Remy Coeytaux, M.D. already a member of the Department, has graciously agreed to come on board at Pickens and see patients through the end of the year.  Most of us in the division know Remy from a headache study that he completed here but now he has a much bigger clinical footprint.  We are excited to have him back in the building as a clinician through the end of the year.

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Jessica Lapinski, DO Jessica Lapinski, DO

By Jessica Lapinski, DO

In light of recent media coverage, it would seem our world has been turned upside down: brutal police shootings based on perceived threat of race; the horrific Orlando massacre, based on perceived threat of sexual orientation and gender identity; terrible international crimes based on perceived threat of religion and ethnicity.

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Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, MD, FAAFP Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, MD, FAAFP

By Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP

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Alexa Mieses, MD Alexa Mieses, MD

By Alexa Mieses, M.D.

It was the first week of July and I was excited to meet a new patient at the Duke Family Medicine Center. Luckily, this first patient encounter would be alongside a senior attending physician from the practice so that I could learn the logistical ropes of the clinic before taking care of my own patients.

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By Donna Tuccero, M.D.

Earlier this week a resident shared that she had lost a close family member to complications of diabetes. That family member was only in her mid-60’s – young given the fact this woman’s life expectancy was 81 years. My mind drifted back 50 years as I recalled my beloved “Nana” who suffered a similar fate. She was 62 when claimed by diabetic complications.

These women lived 50 years apart, yet their outcomes were amazingly similar.

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