After practicing internal medicine locally for almost 20 years before working exclusively as a hospitalist, Dr. Ravi Pandey is back in brick-and-mortar offices, treating patients with the personalized, accessible care and attention they deserve, and follow them to the hospital if they are admitted.
The board-certified internal medicine physician is also thrilled that he will now be able to offer extended and weekend hours to better serve his patients.
“The days of evaluating and then personally following patients throughout their entire plan of care are nearly over for primary care physicians,” Pandey said. “My practice is better than many because I am able to care for my patients in the office setting, as well as in the hospital, so patients are not being treated by someone they only meet for the first time at hospitalization.”
Pandey’s bedside manner makes his patients comfortable because he can explain their conditions and treatment plans in simple, non-medical terms. “Since I’ve also been involved in hospital medicine, I have a very good grasp of multiple medical conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, heart failure and pulmonary conditions, most of which I am adept at taking care of myself while utilizing the best specialists whenever the need arises,” he said.
His practice now accepts Prominence Health Plan, in addition to most other major health plans, and offers preventive care, annual wellness visits, physicals and immunizations, including those just in time for flu season. He also offers tips to manage chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, along with smoking cessation and weight loss tips.
Relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pandey acknowledges that effective treatment strategies are present and that more are coming, but that everyone must help in preventing further propagation of the virus. “Maintaining social distancing measures, wearing masks, and continuing practices like hand hygiene and sanitizing high-touch surfaces is essential,” he said.
Pandey said that right now, patients should be thinking about improving their physical health through preventive and screening measures. “It’s also critical to give your mental health equal importance in these stressful times. Do whatever things work for you, whether it is relaxation techniques, meditation or prayer,” he said.
Pandey has practiced in South Florida since 1997. He is on staff at Palms West Hospital, JFK Medical Center, Select Specialty Hospital and Wellington Regional Medical Center. Fluent in both English and Hindi, he completed his education at Grant Medical College of the University of Bombay and performed his residency and fellowship at Jersey Shore Medical Center. Call (561) 867-0000 to schedule a visit at either of his new offices in Wellington, West Palm Beach or Palm Beach Gardens.