Shiavax Cowasji, MD - Chief of Geriatrics - Geriatrics

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“Being a physician, especially in geriatrics, is unique, a calling almost.”

Dr. Cowasji likes the team-based approach to caring for patients at Reliant Medical Group. “I think it’s true that no physician can work as an island,” he explains. “That’s why a team-based approach is so important. Physicians can’t do it all alone. A strong team of doctors, nurses and advanced practitioners, coupled with leadership that has a long-term vision – that’s what provides the best overall care for patients.”

Dr. Cowasji has always been fascinated by the intricacies of medicine. “I was drawn to the challenge of the science itself and the ability to interact with patients. In many ways, geriatric care brings you back to the basics of medicine. It allows you to use all the tools you have available to help people, often during a challenging stage of life.”

As Chief of Geriatrics at Reliant, Dr. Cowasji spends a lot of time caring for patients who have chronic diseases such as diabetes and COPD, heart disease, congestive heart failure, memory impairment, dementias and other problems. Dr. Cowasji says he enjoys his role taking care of geriatric patients. “I find they are very appreciative of the care they receive.”

As a geriatrician Dr. Cowasji often works closely with patients and their families to make sure they have a good care plan in place and understand all the treatment modalities available to them. “I think it’s important to have a plan of care in place for those who are in long-term care. Family members should be on the same page when it comes to making key decisions about care management, transitions of care and chronic disease management.”

Dr. Cowasji feels it’s a privilege to be involved in treating patients each day. “Being a physician, especially in geriatrics, is unique, a calling almost. It’s a humbling experience at times but you come to understand the important role you play in the life of your patients.”

In addition to his work with patients, Dr. Cowasji is dedicated to educating the next generation of physicians and is an assistant professor at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Rhode Island. In his spare time he enjoys going to the beach, hiking, and traveling with his wife and children.


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