Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Bartley received his medical degree from the Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed an internship at the University of Tennessee and three years of internal medicine training at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Bartley also served with the United States Air Force and practiced for four years with the U.S. Public Health Service.
An internist who specializes in the care of adult patients knows there are three reasons why you should have a checkup, even if you are feeling well: To detect unrecognized disease; to establish an ongoing doctor-patient relationship in which you can be advised about a healthy lifestyle; and to provide reassurance‑peace of mind that cannot be measured in dollars.
Preventive medicine is an important part of the internist’s approach to healthcare. Through periodic reviews of the patient’s health, the internist can focus on early detection of potential problems. Preventive medicine also includes adult immunizations.
Your internist is also dedicated to diagnosing and treating illness, whether you have a common cold or a more serious problem. His goal is to treat the source of patients’ illnesses through medicine or procedures other than surgery. When a specialist in another field of medicine should be consulted, your internist will refer you to a competent physician in the required field.
An informed patient is a more satisfied patient.
Educating patients is an important part of the AMS philosophy. This means explaining your treatment in detail, providing you with literature on your illness or treatment, and generally making certain that you understand the care that is prescribed for you. The more informed you are, the better able you will be to participate in your progress, so we encourage questions.