“But if my model works, I am positive people can copy it. And group visits certainly have been part of the solution. You see a lot of patients, you provide more services, you overcome barriers, you do it in a culturally competent way. People get to know one another, they have a better sense of community, they’re less scared, they have less anxiety, less stress, and then they have better outcomes. And I get credit for, as a doctor, when my patients have better outcomes, and have so little to do with it, that at least if I can put them in a good spot to get healthy, I’m moving the right way.” - Dr. Jeffrey Geller
Jeffrey Geller, MD, practices family medicine and integrative medicine and has been a pioneer in group medical visits. He is widely recognized as an innovator in the delivery of health care by creating and using an empowerment model for shared medical appointments.
Dr. Geller began his work with groups in 1996 during his residency when he noticed that loneliness played a large role in his patients’ well-being. He has since completed research studies showing a relationship between loneliness and increased hospital visits, as well as identifying a link between loneliness, depression, and chronic illness.
Dr. Geller has a particular passion for delivering care to underserved communities. By sharing his experiences and training others to deliver health care in a group setting, he hopes to provide efficient care in a financially sustainable way that eliminates barriers to health and provides services otherwise unavailable to many patients.
I recently sat down with Dr. Geller to learn more about how loneliness plays a role in our health, how he’s implemented group visits in his own practice, and the lessons he’s learned along the way.
*Dr. Geller’s bio adapted from im4us.org
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