Jefferson Medical Internal Medicine Staff
James M. Beasley, M.D.Physician
Charles D. Cannon, Jr., M.D.Physician
Mark Horne, M.D.Physician
Mark Norton, M.D.Physician
Debra Blackledge, N.P.Nurse Practitioner
Charity Wilson, L.P.N.Licensed Practical Nurse
Kerri HillmanClinical Assistant
Shannon VogeClinical Assistant
Twyla Holloway, R.N.Registered Nurse
What is Internal Medicine?
Doctors of internal medicine focus on adult medicine and have had special study and training focusing on the prevention and treatment of adult diseases. At least three of their seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training are dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect adults. Internists are sometimes referred to as the "doctor's doctor", because they are often called upon to act as consultants to other physicians to help solve puzzling diagnostic problems.
What's an "internist"?
Simply put, internists are Doctors of Internal Medicine. But you may see them referred to by several terms, including "internists", "general internists" and "doctors of internal medicine". But don't mistake them with "interns", who are doctors in their first year of residency training. Although internists may act as primary care physicians, they are not "family physicians", "family practitioners" or "general practitioners", whose training is not solely concentrated on adults and may include surgery, obstetrics and pediatrics.
Caring for the whole patient
Internists are equipped to deal with whatever problem a patient brings -- no matter how common or rare, or how simple or complex. They are specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time. They also bring to patients an understanding of wellness (disease prevention and the promotion of health), women's health, substance abuse, mental health, as well as effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system and reproductive organs.
Caring for you for life
In today's complex medical environment, internists take pride in caring for their patients for life -- in the office or clinic, during hospitalization and intensive care, and in nursing homes. When other medical specialists are invoiced, such as surgeons or obstetricians, they coordinate their patient's care and manage difficult medical problems associated with that care.
What does "internal medicine" mean?
The term "Internal Medicine" comes from the German term Innere Medizin, a discipline popularized in Germany in the late 1800s to describe physicians who combined the science of the laboratory with the care of patients. Many early 20th century American doctors studied medicine in Germany and brought this medical field to the United States. Thus, the name "internal medicine" was adopted. Like many words adopted from other languages, it unfortunately it doesn't fit an exact American meaning.
Other Jefferson Medical Services
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- Jefferson Medical Associates in Laurel, Mississippi is the area's largest private multi-specialty medical group. Our physicians provide primary, as well as specialized medical care for residents of south central Mississippi and are staff members at South Central Regional Medical Center.
- Our physicians are Board Certified in the areas of Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Oncology / Hematology and Pulmonary medicine. Specific to each of these specialties, we offer a wide range of diagnostic services.
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- James M. Beasley, M.D.
- Charles D. Cannon, Jr., M.D.
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