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Internal Medicine specialist in Effingham County, GA

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Dr. Lucas Policastro of Rincon, GA

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While my primary work is in hospital medicine, many have inquired whether I plan to open a practice. As you know, the healthcare industry has changed drastically, shifting power away from the private physician as well as the patient. This makes designing a suitable private practice challenging. To thoughtfully apply the art and science of medicine requires time and an unencumbered patient-physician relationship. Accordingly, I am looking into boutique practice options, such as Direct Primary Care (DPC) and concierge medicine.

I would like to hear from you as I look into different possibilities. Please submit the brief survey below to secure a place on my waitlist. This is a unique opportunity to help inform an ideal practice.

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Old-fashioned medicine

Some of the benefits of Direct Primary Care include:

Message or email your physician any time.
Smaller practice means more availability
Higher quality
Longer visit lengths, thoughtful discussions, and personalized care
Access discounted labwork and imaging

I was born and raised in Bergen County, New Jersey. Focused on medicine from a young age, I attended Cornell University, followed by SUNY Downstate in New York City for medical school, internship, and residency. My primary training was at the historic Kings County Hospital. My scientific accomplishments include work presented to NASA and the Aerospace Medical Association, and various publications. Following the crucible of Covid, I was pleased to move south to Georgia, home state of my wife Clancey. We have a son and daughter. I practice hospital medicine across Georgia independently. Outside of work and family, I enjoy Bible study, astronomy, and am a licensed amateur radio operator.

My patients often remark on my willingness to spend time listening. I find satisfaction in careful analysis, uncovering root causes and individualizing solutions. Medicine is both art and science—a balance rarely struck these days.

This medical specialty came about as knowledge of the human body's inner workings increased in the 19th century. The term "internal" does not refer to any particular set of organs, but rather to the fact that disease lies within, its underlying causes able to be uncovered through a scientific approach. As knowledge and diagnostic capabilities increased, the specialty of Internal Medicine was founded in order to apply new scientific findings and methods toward patient care.

Today, the speciality remains focused on accuracy and completeness, while maintaining a stepwise and logical approach in order to avoid unnecessary testing. The short-term is balanced against the long-term, considering the full course of disease and the future effects of each treatment. From this forward-looking viewpoint, patients' personal preferences are always held in high regard, and judgment is withheld.

As an Internist, my scope of practice includes primary care for adults (age 18+). Referral would be made for complex chronic conditions, surgical matters, and for most procedures. Women will be referred to a Gynecologist for screening. Some limitations will apply:

  • As a Medicare participating physician, I cannot enroll Medicare members in a Direct Primary Care arrangement at this time. (I may explore hybrid practice options to resolve this issue, but it is not guaranteed.)
  • As a policy, I do not prescribe scheduled (controlled) substances on a chronic basis (e.g. opioids, benzodiazepines).
  • I do not prescribe blood products as a matter of religious conscience; therefore, certain rare blood disorders will be referred to a hematologist.
  • I may not be able to perform certain formalized exams, such as for Worker’s Compensation, disability insurance, or government agencies.