Entries by drjohnskennedy

Breast Health In The Time Of COVID: Volume 1

If you are like me, you may be spending hours a day catching up on what new information there is about the pandemic.  With the “stay at home” directives, it is hard to get yourself up and out to do any exercise, and I’ve heard reference to the “COVID-19 pounds” we may gain before it’s […]

Final Installment in Series of 5: “Nurse Kay”

My first rotation as an intern at Grady Hospital was on the Orthopedics team.  We would manage all the patients with broken bones, no matter what the age.  And so it happened that our team went to the pediatrics floor on a daily basis.  It was there that I met “Nurse Kay”, as her young […]

4th Installment in Series of 5; The Dedicated “Office Nurse”

After finishing my surgical residency at Emory University, I took over a surgical practice from a retiring surgeon in Decatur, Georgia.  His office was in a renovated stone house in downtown Decatur, and he had three employees, all of whom continued working for me for some time. A few years later, two other retiring surgeons […]

2nd Installment in Series of Five; The Country Nurse

I was born in the last month of my father’s medical school training. From there he served a one year internship in Pittsburgh, PA and from that point on he took an offer from a local Lions’ Club in western Pennsylvania, in a county that had no doctors at the time. We initially lived in […]

First of 5 Installments; In Honor of Our Nurses

Florence Nightingale, considered to be the founder of modern nursing, was born on May 12th, 1820, so this year marks the 200th anniversary of her birth. In her honor, World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 to be the “Year of the Nurse”. This designation was made long before COVID-19 was even defined as a […]

The Year of the Nurse; the Day of the Doctor

Florence Nightingale, considered to be the founder of modern nursing, was born in 1820, so this year marks the 200th anniversary of her birth. It was considered an important enough event to commemorate, that the World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 to be the “Year of the Nurse”. This designation was made long before […]

We will be here for you

These are trying times.  Limited resources at the hospital, and concerns about community spread of the virus have forced us to cut back on scheduled office appointments, but we will do our best to be available for your urgent or “time sensitive” surgical needs. In order to balance our hospital based work and office appointments […]

Why is my surgery being cancelled or postponed?

We are reviewing all scheduled patients and determining, based on the procedure, and your medical condition, which cases are elective, time-sensitive, urgent or emergent.  Elective cases must be delayed to decrease your risk for viral exposure, and to conserve limited resources needed to address the more critical needs of our community during this crisis. The […]

COVID-19 SARS2 UPDATE

We at DeKalb Surgical Associates are committed to keeping you informed of important updates that could affect your health and well being. Everyone has something to say about COVID19, and everyone wants to be up to date. It’s probably best to consolidate our sources rather than exponentially increase, so I would urge everyone to utilize […]