For Dr. Deepa Gurusamy, practicing medicine runs in the family. “My parents were both physicians, and as a child, I saw the joy that helping people gave them,” Dr. Gurusamy says. “I’ve found it to be a very satisfying career – I love being a family physician.” Her passion for medicine has taken her all over the world, from earning her medical degree in Chennai, India, to working urgent care in Saskatchewan, Canada, and later to a stint practicing in Springfield, Illinois. Now, she sees patients Mondays through Fridays at Erlanger Primary Care in Hixson. “My four colleagues and I see a wide range of patients, although I have a particular interest in preventative care and have extra training in geriatric care,” Dr. Gurusamy says. “I am passionate about my work and patients; I enjoy talking to them and addressing their needs.”
“I am excited to build my practice with the group of physicians I have been placed with.”
1. What do you love most about your profession?
I love to make small differences in my patients’ lives. I take a patient-centered approach. I take time to listen and understand each patient’s situation, so I can better diagnose and treat their unique conditions.
2. What is your best advice for patients?
Change can be difficult, but every change matters. It’s always easier to start small, but you just have to start somewhere. I would recommend making small healthy changes in your day-to-day life, and over time, every small change you make adds up to have a huge impact on your health.
3. How does your staff enhance your practice?
By addressing patient needs, bringing to my attention pending preventative health checks, doing prior authorizations for medications, and showing care and compassion to my patients.
4. What’s the key to making a great first impression?
Being friendly, taking a patient-centered approach to health care, and understanding and addressing the patient’s priorities.
5. What is one of your happiest professional moments?
A former patient used to be rude to my staff and me because he had many chronic issues. He was understandably frustrated, so we were very patient with him. After a year of receiving care from us, he made us ‘thank you’ cards for our caring attitude. We were able to have an impact on this patient beyond just his medical needs.
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