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Fayette County Hospital has hired an endocrinologist to provide services in its Physician Specialty Clinic.
Endocrinology is the branch of medicine concerned with the structure, function and disorders of the endocrine glands and its systems' diseases. The most common diseases associated with the endocrine system are diabetes and thyroid disease.
“There is a very big demand throughout the United States for endocrinology services, largely due to the dramatic increase in the prevalence of diabetes," said Greg Starnes, chief executive officer at the hospital. "We have been working for two years to find an endocrinologist to come to our community, and we are elated that we have succeeded.”
Bharathi Raju, M.D., will begin providing care to patients on May 2. She plans to come to the hospital’s Physician Specialty Clinic the first Friday of each month.
Glenn Skow, M.D., chief of the FCH medical staff, said: “At Fayette County Hospital, we are proud of the many outstanding specialists who provide such excellent care to our community. We are excited to expand those services and to welcome Dr. Raju.”
Raju attended medical school at Stanley Medical College and completed her residency in medicine, pediatrics, surgery, OB/GYN and community medicine at Government Stanley Medical College Hospital, both in Madras, India.
She also completed a medical internship and a residency in internal medicine at Flushing Hospital Medical Center in Flushing, N.Y.
She then completed a fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Raju holds certifications in internal medicine, thyroid ultrasound and biopsy, endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, as well as obesity medicine.
She has been practicing in St. Louis since 2005.
Appointments with Raju can be scheduled by contacting the FCH Specialty Clinic at 283-5531.