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Dr. Ashley Sarasan in the Forefront of Geriatric Program at the UNLV School of Medicine

Just a couple months ago, Dr. Ashley Sarasan, a graduate of M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, who in 2018 completed a geriatric fellowship through Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic, was hired to work with Dr. Ji Won Yoo in developing the fellowship program at UNLV School of Medicine that will include a state-of-the-art clinic. Like Dr. Yoo, she is an assistant professor in the UNLV School of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine.

“It’s exciting to help bring this program to fruition,” said Dr. Sarasan, who said more medical staff must be hired to ensure that the clinic meets the community’s needs. “We will be developing geriatricians who are so badly needed and giving seniors the help they need.”

Dr. Sarasan said geriatricians are experts in seeing the big picture and are well-versed in drug side effects. Too often, she said, a patient may be getting multiple medications from different doctors and they can have side effects that are detrimental to the patient’s health. She said a geriatrician will prioritize the medications in terms of necessity. During conversations with the patient and family, the geriatrician learns which conditions must be treated the most aggressively, developing a care plan that helps a patient be as functional as possible. Sometimes all that is needed to give a senior a better quality of life are new glasses or hearing aids. “We need to take everything into account,” Dr. Sarasan said.

As reported by the UNLV School of Medicine.  For a complete story, please click here…

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