By

Tampa Bay has a great deal of baby boomers, septuagenarians, and octogenarians.  The numbers grow every month, with many snowbirds from up north retiring in the Tampa Bay area, making their former transitory stay a permanent one. And because of this, it is not surprising that there are an abundance of geriatric doctors in Tampa Bay, as well as a bunch of care giver services (like ours).

Dealing with medical issues of the elderly is as critical as pediatric care, which concerns itself with the medical treatment of children. In the practice of geriatric medicine, a lot of emphasis is given to the effects of aging on the elder mind and body, as well as prevention and mitigation of those effects. Due to the importance of the specific treatment required in geriatric medicine, it is very important to have a reliable and well-qualified geriatric doctor who understands the needs of the elderly.

If you browse through the Yellow Pages or surf the internet, you will see scores of geriatric doctors advertised. However, you may face some difficulty in selecting a suitable doctor, as some doctors tend to be more competent than others. Added to the fact that choosing a doctor is also based other factors like personal preferences and specific circumstances, you may need a little guidance before you decide upon a geriatric doctor. Here, we have listed some of the well-reputed doctors in the Tampa Bay area and tried to rank order them by their respected ratings on the different review websites. We tried to pay special attention to previous patient remarks, in order to accurately recommend and portray the best geriatric doctors.

Our suggestion is to review our list, find the 2-3 you like the best, then make some phone calls to ask follow up questions to help you make a better decision.

1. Dr. Trevor A Rose, MD

Dr. Rose’s clinic is located on Ridge Road at Port Richey. Dr Trevor Rose’s qualifications include both internal medicine, as well as geriatric medicine, and his certifications are from the American Board of Internal Medicine. He graduated from the University of West Indies, Fac Med Sci, Kingston, Jamaica in 1974. His affiliations include the Medical Center Trinity and Morton Plant North Bay Hospital. Dr Rose has a Florida State Medical License as well as a New York State Medical License.

Timings:

Monday to Friday: 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Tel: 727.846.0666

Healthgrades.com rating: 5 Stars

Vital.com rating: 5 stars

“When you need a doctor, you need an office that is comfortable, helpful and caring. Doctor Rose and his staff of Jan and Karin are where you want to be! You aren’t just a number, but an important friend with your own special issues. They are certainly an important part of our family health needs.” – Sally and Dick

2. Dr. Emily Lorch, MD

With a clinic located on USF Drive, Tampa, Dr. Emily Lorch also practices at the St James A Haley Veterans Hospital at Bruce B Downs Boulevard, Tampa. She graduated from the NYU School of medicine in 2009. She was a resident doctor at the New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2009-10. Dr. Lorch is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in geriatric and internal medicine, and has medical licenses for practicing in New York and Florida.

Hours of Operation: To find out Dr Lorch’s timings and to fix an appointment, she can be contacted at her clinic on the telephone number given below:

Tel No: 813-974-2201

Healthgrades.com rating: 5 stars

Vitals.com rating: 5 stars

No patient comments have been found, but her ratings are very high.

3. Dr. Sahana Rajasekhara, MD

With a career spanning a period of 22 years, Dr Sahana Rajasekahara is a well-known geriatric doctor in Tampa. Her clinic is located on Magnolia Drive, Tampa. Dr Rajasekhara passed out from the Mysore Medical College, India in 1993, after which she went on to do her Residency in Internal Medicine from 1996 to 1999 and her fellowship in Geriatric Medicine in from 2000 to 2002 from the Staten Island University Hospital. She also is a visiting consultant to the Moffitt Cancer Center, which is one of the premier medical centers in Tampa for Internal Medicine.

Timings:

Monday to Friday: 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Tel: (813) 745-4673

Healthgrades .com rating: 5 stars

No patient comments have been found, but her ratings are very high.

4. Dr. Howard Tuch, MD, CME

This doctor has been practicing for 30 years, and has offices at three locations, Tampa General Circle, Bruce B Downs Boulevard and Westmoreland Drive. Dr Howard Tuch graduated from the University of North Carolina, the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the John Hopkins School of medicine. He received his degrees in geriatric medicine in 1992 and 2002. He also qualified in hospice and palliative care medicine in 1997. He was the Director of Palliative Care Services for Genesis ElderCare from 1996 to 2002.

Today, Dr Tuch serves as Director of Health Policy at the Hospice of Florida Suncoast. He is also a visiting director of National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and is the Chairman of the Public Policy Committee of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Timings: To find out Dr Tuch’s timings and to fix an appointment, he can be contacted at his clinic on the telephone numbers given below.

Contact Telephone Numbers:

  • Tampa General Circle office: (813) 844-7917
  • Bruce B Downs Boulevard office: (813) 974-2271
  • Westmoreland Drive office: (813) 968-3719

Healthgrades.com rating: 5 stars

No patient comments have been found, but her ratings are very high.

5. Dr. Hany H. Abskhroun, MD

With 25 years of experience behind him, Dr Abskhroun is a doctor who knows his way around the intricacies of geriatric medicine. Dr. Abskhroun graduated from the Tanta Faculty of Medicine, Egypt, in 1990. He is affiliated to two hospitals, the Brooksville Regional Hospital and the Spring Hill Regional Hospital. His clinic is located on Mariner Boulevard, Spring Hill.

Timings:

Monday to Thursday: 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Friday: 8.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Tel: (352) 610-4408

Google rating: 4.2 stars

“Dr. Abskhroun is on of the best doctors I’ve been to. He is super friendly, polite, educated & very detailed with my health problems. There was no wait time, he discuss everything with me and not in a rush. Staff is super friendly as well and I definitely recommend him as a doctor.” – Anonymous.

6. Dr. Albert Tawil, MD

With a history of 53 years in medical practice, Dr Albert Tawil is specialized in geriatric medicine, family medicine and internal medicine. His clinic is located on Habana Avenue, Tampa

Dr Albert Tawil passed out from the Jefferson Medical College in 1962, and did his internship from the Bayfront Medical Center in 1962-63. He is attached to several hospitals in Tampa, including the Memorial Hospital and St Joseph’s Hospital. Dr Tawil says, “I treat all my patients personally and do not employ nurse practitioners. I also follow and admit my own patients in the hospital and do not turn them over to hospitalists. Our office is patient centered and does all our lab work in house for the convenience of our patients not having to go to an outside lab and have results.”

Timings: To find out Dr Tawil’s timings and to fix an appointment, he can be contacted at his clinic on the telephone number given below.

Tel: (813) 876-5548

Health Grades.com rating: 3.3 stars

Vitals.com rating: 5 stars

“Dr Tawil has been my primary care doctor for about 4 years now and although you have to wait to be seen by him he gives you his patient his total attention when he is in the exam room with you. Very knowledgeable! He is very personable and caring. Funny thing about his office is they still have paper charts :)….just goes to show you he’s an old fashion doc….good man!”

7. Dr. Vincent Perron, MD

This doctor has been in practice for 25 years. Dr Vincent Perron graduated from the Ross University School of Medicine in 1989, and his residency in the Jersey City Medical Center. He practices geriatric medicine, but is also specialized in internal medicine. He practices at the University of South Florida Medical Center and is attached to the Tampa General Hospital. He also practices at USF Physicians Group Geriatric Medicine in Tampa.

An added advantage of Dr Perron’s clinic is that other than English, Vietnamese, Spanish, German, Korean, French, Tagalog and Arabic are also supported.

Timings: To find out Dr Perron’s timings and to fix an appointment, he can be contacted at his clinic on the telephone number given below:

Tel: (813) 974-2201

Health grades.com rating: 5 stars

Vitals.com rating: 4.5 stars

No patient comments have been found, but her ratings are very high.

8. Dr. Sue Schler, MD

With 31 years of experience, Dr Sue Schler has her clinic on Swann Avenue, Tampa, established in 1994.. Dr Schler is specialized in geriatric medicine and internal medicine. She received her medical degree from Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University in 1980. She is also attached to the Memorial Hospital, Tampa. Dr Sue Schler is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Timings:

Monday to Friday: 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Tel: (813) 280-0397

Health grades.com rating: 4.2 stars

Vitals.com  rating: 3.5 stars

“I was in to see Dr. Schler recently and she and her staff were magnificant. Scott and Alexia are very professional and pleasant, and Dr. Schler is a wonderful physician. I believe that its not just accuracy and brains that make a good physician….your bed side manner is honestly right up there next to accuracy of diagnosing the patient. My experience was wonderful and I am so glad I chose Dr. Schler and her staff for my new PCP.”

9. Dr. Claudio V Bocado, MD

This doctor has his clinic on Bruce B Downs Boulevard, Tampa. He is attached to several hospitals in the area, including Florida Hospital Orlando and University Community Hospital. Dr Claudio V Bocado is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil. After completing his medical degree from the Rio de Janeiro State University School of Medicine in 1976, he migrated ot the US and did his residency and fellowship programs from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Dr Bocado is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Timings:

Monday to Friday: 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Tel: (813) 971-2351

Health Grades.com rating: 3.7 stars

Vitals.com rating: 3.5 stars

“He was thorough, he seemed genuinely concerned about me. It was my first visit I have another appt. on the 16 th at 1:45 pm. So we shall see.”

10. Dr. Marilyn S Ward, MD

Dr Ward has been practicing clinical psychiatry for the last 36 years, and specializes in geriatric psychiatry. Her clinic is situated on North Armenia Avenue in Tampa, Florida. Dr Ward passed out from the Ohio State University in 1975 and completed her residency form the University Hospital, SUNY Health center, New York. She is a member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and has a Certification in Neurology.

Timings: To find out Dr Ward’s timings and to fix an appointment, she can be contacted at her clinic on the telephone number given below.

Tel: 813-874-4400

Vitals.com Rating: 3 stars

No patient comments have been found, but her ratings were average.

Geriatric Doctor Review Conclusion

After reading this article, it becomes quite obvious that there is an abundance of geriatric doctors in the Tampa Bay area. It is quite likely that you may need to get in touch with a reliable elder care doctor at some time or the other. In such an eventuality, this list of some of the best doctors in the region should help to make your search for a reliable senior care doctor easier, and you can find a suitable one much faster.

Although serial numbers are provided with this list of senior care doctors, they are not proportional to how good each one is – the numbers provided are solely for identification purposes. You will need to go through the details of each doctor carefully, and decide from that, which doctor you would prefer to go to.

Of course, if you need in-home care, please contact us at (813) 412-7190, so we at Home Helpers of Tampa can give you a free consultation.

Tags:
About the Author