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Jennifer McQuade, MD, FACS,

Edward Allcock, DO

Community Magazine

Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group

Primary Care and More in One Location

“There are a lot of people who don’t know they have diabetes, especially if they don’t get regular checkups. In the early stages, there may be no symptoms for a prolonged period of time, which gives the disease time to advance,” says J. R., MD, board-certified internist with the Alexandria practice of the Virginia Hospital Center (VHC) Physician Group...

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In fact, of the 29 million people who have diabetes in the United States, it is estimated that 8 million are unaware they have it.
“Our practice sees many patients who initially come to us with advanced diabetes and need the care of an experienced podiatrist,” Dr. R. says. Rudolph Anderson, Jr., DPM, FAPWCA is also part of the Alexandria office.
Shirley Tinner of Falls Church has had diabetes for 40 years.“ Dr. R. has been my doctor for the past 25 years. He really looks after me and gives me good advice,” she says.
Shirley has neuropathy in her feet and was recently referred to Dr. Anderson for a diabetic foot examination. Dr. Anderson consulted with Dr. R. about her medication and developed a plan for treatment.
Diabetic neuropathy can damage nerves in the legs and feet, causing pain and numbness. In addition, a patient with neuropathy may not notice or feel cuts, ulcers or sores on their feet, which can become infected and may ultimately require amputation of the limb. “That’s why aggressive treatment early on is so important,” says Dr. Anderson.
“It’s convenient that Dr. R. and my podiatrist are in the same office. I’m disabled and my daughter has to bring me to my doctors’ appointments on her day off from work. It saves time for us, having to make just one trip to see both doctors. Plus, I also can have my lab work done there,” says Shirley.
The staff at the Alexandria practice coordinates appointment schedules for patients for greater convenience. “The more we can make care seamless and coordinated, the better it is for our patients,” says Dr. R.

Convenient. Coordinated. Excellent Care for Diabetes.

At the Alexandria practice of the VHC Physician Group, we’ve combined primary care physicians with many of the specialists you might need in one convenient location. Our practice offers:

  • Primary care physicians
  • Specialists, including colorectal surgeons, general surgeons, podiatrists and urologists
  • In-house lab services
  • Electronic Health Record shared by all clinicians in the VHC Physician Group, resulting in safe, seamless, coordinated care
  • Online appointment scheduling for established patients
  • Patient Portal for online access to personal electronic medical records

Accepting new patients. Call 703.DIALVHC (342.5842).
1600 N. Beauregard St. | Suite 300 | Alexandria, VA 22311

Endocrine Surgery Specialist

After a suspicious thyroid biopsy, Pamela Yu was referred to Victoria Lai, MD, a board-certified general surgeon with fellowship training in endocrine surgery, which is surgery of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands, as well as neuroendocrine tumors...

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“Dr. Lai was really good at explaining what the thyroid does and how removing the thyroid could affect my health, and discussing my options,” says Pamela. But, during preoperative testing, a malignancy in Pamela’s lymph nodes was discovered and she needed more aggressive surgery. “This was truly a life-altering diagnosis for me,” recalls Yu.
“I had never had any major health concerns before and I was very anxious about undergoing such a serious surgery. Dr. Lai was honest and upfront every time we talked—which was a lot. She was very caring and reassuring.”
“I’m here to help guide my patients through their journey and make care as seamless and clear as possible,” says Dr. Lai. “Even though I’m a surgeon, I don’t always recommend surgery.” But if surgery is needed, most endocrine procedures involve a very small incision.
For Pamela, Dr. Lai performed a total thyroidectomy and removal of nearby lymph nodes. The highly complex surgery required extreme precision due to the close proximity of the tumor to the vocal cords. Today, Pamela is feeling back to normal and doing “great,” she says.

For more information, visit vhcphysiciangroup.com/surgicalspecialists.

Star Ratings

VHC Physician Group physicians and nurse practitioners receive a star rating based on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score...

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The score is an average of all responses from questions answered by patients from our nationally- recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients’ comments also are collected from the survey and then published on our web site. Personal health information is removed from comments to maintain patient confidentiality and privacy.

Visit vhcphysiciangroup.com to see the Star Ratings.

Cover Docs

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Jennifer McQuade, MD, FACS, FASCRS of the Colorectal Surgery practice appeared on the cover of the January/February issue of Chesapeake Physician – Your practice. Your life., which spotlights leading-edge physicians and healthcare innovations. Dr. McQuade was interviewed about the latest treatments for rectal cancer and the benefits of enhanced recovery protocols after surgery (see related article on page 3). To view Dr. McQuade’s article, visit: chesphysician.com.

Edward Allcock, DO of the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation practice was featured on the cover of Northern Virginia Magazine’s 2016 Top Docs issue.

In all, 31 members of the VHC Physician Group were recognized as Top Docs by Northern Virginia Magazine. Congratulations to all!

For a complete listing, visit: vhcphysiciangroup.com.

National Leader

Molly Sebastian, MD, FACS has been named Chairman of the Genetics Working Group of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Dr. Sebastian is Medical Director of The Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health.

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“One of the first initiatives of the Working Group, done in cooperation with the American Society for Clinical Oncology, was to survey physicians nationwide to assess how they incorporate genetic testing into their practice, and how they keep up to date,” says Dr. Sebastian. “Based on survey results, we will design courses to help breast cancer specialists stay current with this rapidly changing area of cancer care.
” The Working Group advocates on behalf of patients for insurance companies to cover genetic testing. “We can now test for genetic defects that predict a higher risk of developing breast cancer, enabling us to manage that risk proactively and reduce it for patients who test positive. This testing is now cost-effective. While insurance coverage has improved, there are still barriers for many patients,” says Dr. Sebastian. “We aim to improve the availability of genetic testing for patients nationally.”

For more information, visit vhcphysiciangroup.com/breast-health.

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Molly Sebastian, MD, FACS

Victoria Lai, MD

Rachel Ngernmaneepothong, MD
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