Local Geriatrician Contributes to Professional Textbook

Last updated: Jul 16, 2012, 14:06 PM

By Maureen Bennett for Summit Medical Group

Summit Medical Group geriatrician John M. Heath, MD, AGSF, has coauthored a chapter in Geriatric Gastroenterology, a comprehensive guide for practicing physicians who manage gastrointestinal illnesses in elderly patients. Together with coauthor Elizabeth Poplin, MD, Dr. Heath provided content for a chapter entitled, "Palliative Care of GI Issues at the End of Life." Springer Science+Business Media publish the textbook.

In addition to his position at Summit Medical Group, Dr. Heath is a clinical professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He provides primary and consultative care for older adults. Dr. Heath collaborates with other practitioners and patients' families in caring for patients across a range of clinical settings.

Dr. Heath's professional interests include preserving function and addressing memory problems associated with aging. He is a trustee for the New Jersey Foundation for Aging, a fellow of the American Geriatric Society and American Academy of Family Physicians, and a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Heath is an author, coauthor, contributing editor, and reviewer for top-tier medical journals such as Journal of the American Geriatric Society. He is among the first board-certified geriatricians in the United States.

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