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Tuesday 21 August 2018
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Dr. Kurt Kang delivers health care with hope

Dr. Kurt Kang knows a lot about health care. But he’s learned that none of it matters unless his patients are ready to get well.
“If you’re confused about the treatment plan or unsure about certain aspects of it, it simply won’t work,” he says. “Part of my job as a physician is to help you understand what’s going on in your body and what we can do to heal it or manage your symptoms.”
Kang, who specializes in internal (adult) medicine at Memorial Health University Physicians’ Adult Primary Care Pooler office, knows that informed patients are the most successful at living healthy, active lives. It helps him deliver the kind of care he trained to practice.
“I was drawn to internal medicine for two reasons,” he says. “First, I like the idea of helping someone who’s been diagnosed with an illness or a chronic disease learn to overcome the challenges of that condition.
“For example, diabetes diagnoses occur pretty regularly these days, but if you’re the one being diagnosed, it can be quite devastating. I see that in patients’ faces when I have to deliver that news.”
But that look changes when Kang puts things in perspective. “You see their relief when I outline a plan of attack and they know there is hope,” he says.
His second reason for choosing to practice primary care is “the material.”
“Internal medicine is a broad specialty,” he says. “We see such a variety of cases and that keeps it interesting.”
As a primary care physician, Kang also likes getting to know his patients, developing a relationship with them and watching them enjoy the benefits of routine health care as they get older.
A native of Fayetteville, Kang earned his medical degree from St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine. He graduated from Emory University with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Memorial Health University Medical Center. He is board certified in internal medicine.
Kang says two of the most important health conditions he treats are hypertension, or high blood pressure, and diabetes.
“These two conditions contribute so much to illness and death in the United States and around the world,” he notes. “Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S., and hypertension and diabetes are major contributors.”
Kang says early intervention is the key to preventing or lessening the effects of these two problems.
“With medication and lifestyle changes, you can avoid or at least delay many of the complications that result from high blood pressure and diabetes. This can have a big impact on your quality of life and healthcare costs as you age.”
Kang’s own quality of life has improved since he and his wife Jessica, who is also a physician, became parents to daughter Stella, now 3. They enjoy vacationing in the North Georgia mountains or just “staycationing” in Savannah. You might even catch him playing guitar on occasion.
Dr. Kurt Kang is now accepting new patients, aged 18 and older. To make an appointment, go to MemorialHealthDoctors.com or call 912-350-6000.




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