SGCMH welcomes back internal medicine physician


Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome back Dr. Srinivasan Raghavan, an internal medicine physician, board certified in geriatric medicine.
Dr. Raghavan first worked in Ste. Genevieve from 2000 to 2004 and moved to St. Louis area for his son’s education.

“Now that his education is complete, I decided I wanted to come back because I have very good memories of this hospital,” he said. “I had a lot of good patients who were willing to listen to my treatment plans, follow through and give me feedback. Plus my colleagues and co-workers went out of their way to make me feel happy, settled and comfortable. So it was a good experience all around. That’s why I decided to work here in the first place and why I wanted to come back.”

Having been away from a rural healthcare setting for some time, Dr. Raghavan says there is a difference.

“I think we’re able to get to know the patients a little bit better,” he explained. “We have more time to spend with them, and the patients seem to be willing to talk more, open up about their health and be willing to listen. Other than that, the medicine is the same.”

The local hospital landscape has changed quite a bit since Dr. Raghavan was here in 2004, and he’s impressed by those changes.

“When I was first working here, there was no Bloomsdale clinic, and this was a very good addition,” he said. “It has specialties, plus primary care, labs, x-rays, pharmacy, the whole lot, all in one place. Plus there are the renovations to the hospital itself—the bigger ER, other buildouts, more physicians—I’m very impressed. Everything seems to be geared to better patient care and better patient comfort.”

Dr. Raghavan has been practicing medicine for over 25 years, the past 17 years in the United States. He said medicine always interested him.

“It was a field that really interested me,” he said. “There were newer advances every day and it was exciting to be watching that. Treating the patent and improving their health was really my first goal. Secondly, there were no physicians in my family at all. So I thought why not be the physician in my family?”

He chose internal medicine for several reasons.

“It has the broadest range of cases,” he explained. “In other words you could be dealing with anything from mental health, the heart, the lungs, what have you. I wanted that breadth of care.”

Subsequently, he decided he wanted to focus a little bit more on the elderly.”

“In geriatrics, the focus is not always medical problems,” he said. “It’s also the patient in the holistic sense; the family dynamics and their functional aspects of life. We take that all into consideration. My training has helped me realize the importance of all of that.”

How does this physician occupy his time when he’s not practicing medicine? He says he enjoys hanging out at home and playing ping pong and basketball with his son. He’s also an avid birdwatcher and makes the occasional bird-watching trip.

Dr. Raghavan is also a Sherlock Holmes buff, and is even a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society.

“The interesting thing about Sherlock Holmes is that the writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was a physician, and in developing his character he drew heavily on his medical experience,” explained Dr. Raghavan. “The way Holmes goes through a case is actually taken from medicine. You try to rule out each problem one by one. Finally, what’s left is the most likely scenario. In medicine, we look for health clues and arrive at a diagnosis.”

Dr. Raghavan’s mantra could be, to quote Holmes, “when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

I guess you could say that Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital now has its own detective of medicine on staff.

Dr. Raghavan sees patients 18 years of age and above with a broad spectrum of problems, plus the more elderly who have special problems of their own. He practices at the Bloomsdale Medical Centre and makes regular visits to the area nursing homes. For appointments, call 573-483-3131.

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