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American Medical Association's new president: Patrice Harris

An Atlanta doctor is now the first black woman president of the American Medical Association

After 172 years, a black woman is the leader of doctors in America. Patrice Harris talks about her history-making election and the American Medical Association role in tackling issues such as healthcare access and anti-abortion legislation.

Saving lives—even off the clock. 7 times Atlanta doctors came to the rescue.

Sometimes in a medical emergency, the nearest hospital is miles away. That’s when you pray for physicians like these Atlanta top doctors to step up until the EMTs arrive. They tell us about seven times they unexpectedly had to come to the rescue.
Emory triplet medicine graduates

These triplets just graduated from Emory’s School of Medicine—joining their family’s long line of doctors

In May, Emory University graduated some 140 students from its School of Medicine. Eight of them matched into orthopaedic surgery. Three of them are triplets. Another generation in a long line of family doctors, meet Lauren, Stephanie, and Allison Boden—the daughers of Dr. Mary Caufield and Dr. Scott Boden.
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Medical Mystery: The case of the painful purple spots

When a little purple spot first appeared on Shelly Matheson’s ankle, it seemed like something curious that she would mention to her internist. Then, it got bigger and painful. After years of no diagnosis, she went to Emory Clinic's Special Diagnostic Services, which gave her the right diagnosis.

Doctor Detective: How Atlanta’s Dr. Clyde Partin unravels puzzling medical mysteries

Emory Clinic’s Special Diagnostic Services is a place for doctors to refer adult patients with perplexing symptoms—some who have gone years with undiagnosed diseases. Meet Dr. W. Clyde Partin Jr., the director of Emory Clinic’s Special Diagnostic Services, who seems like a kinder, gentler version of television's Dr. Gregory House.
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Medical Mystery: The case of the moon face

When Marietta middle school teacher Jackie Roché's face started to grow rounder although she hadn't gained any weight, she knew something was wrong. “It’s so scary to not know what’s wrong with you,” says Roché. After multiple doctors were unable to help, she went to Emory Clinic's Special Diagnostic Services, which gave her the right diagnosis within minutes.
Top Doctors 2018

Medical Mystery: The case of the black eye in the morning

Caroline Kalchthaler woke up one morning with a black eye, as if she had been punched or fallen out of bed and hit her face. But no such thing had happened. She tenderly covered it with makeup, and the bruising subsided. But then the black eye occurred again, and again.
Dr. Joy Baker

In much of rural Georgia, maternal healthcare is disappearing

Dr. Joy Baker’s patients travel 40 miles on average to see her. Some pull up in their own cars, but if they’re too poor to own one, they might hitch rides with friends or on the Medicaid van, which must be scheduled three days in advance and also can run early or late.
Robert Karsch

The first time I helped a young person walk again

She was in her early 20s, and she had severe rheumatoid arthritis in her hips. It had gotten so bad that she had to pull out of college. She had developed hip flexion contracture, which means her hip was stuck in a fixed, bent position. Even if she tried to stand up, her head would nearly touch the ground.
Murphy Townsend

The first time I had to tell a patient they were dying of cancer

Fifteen years ago I had a patient with bladder cancer that had spread to her kidney. We decided to remove the kidney, but afterward the X-rays showed the cancer was much more advanced than we’d thought. Now I was faced with telling her that she was probably going to die.

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