North Fulton Business Radio, Episode 680)
Dr. Alison Zavodny, owner of Lanier Supportive Medicine, visited with host John Ray to discuss palliative medicine, and how she works with patients to manage the symptoms and relieve the stress of very serious illnesses. She described the profile of patients she works with, the services she offers, and why she chose this field. Alison also talked about how she interfaces with other providers, how her work differs from hospice, and much more.
Alison Zavodny, MD, Palliative Medicine Specialist, Lanier Supportive Medicine
Alison Krause Zavodny, MD is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine. Her passion is to provide state of the science symptom management and holistic care for people with serious medical illnesses such as cancer, heart failure, and neurological diseases. Dr. Zavodny schedules adequate time during visits to develop meaningful relationships with her patients and their families — assuring they feel seen, heard, and valued throughout their entire health journey. Dr. Zavodny partners with patients and families to address concerns and learn about important goals.
Cancer and other serious illnesses affect patient’s lives but also impact the lives of the families, caregivers, and friends. Dr. Zavodny realizes that everyone is worried, everyone is stressed, and everyone wants to understand what is happening medically and what might be expected during the course of illness. She follows her patient’s preferences for communicating with others who are important in their lives.
Dr. Zavodny was raised in Pennsylvania and attended St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, graduating with a degree in chemistry. She attended Georgetown University School of Medicine before completing her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Following residency, she moved to Atlanta where she practiced Internal Medicine. When Dr. Zavodny discovered the field of Palliative Medicine, she completed a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the University of Alabama. Dr. Zavodny is an expert in symptom management and helping patients and their families cope with a serious illness. She brings over twenty years of experience practicing palliative medicine in hospitals and outpatient clinics.
Questions and Topics in this Interview:
- What is palliative medicine?
- How did you come to this field of medicine?
- How do I know when I need your services?
- Who can access your services?
- How do other doctors perceive your role?
- Do you get referrals from specialists?
- What is the difference between palliative care and hospice?
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