When patients come to Richard W. Powell, M.D., they usually have a physical problem, one an internist like Dr. Powell can treat. But if the problem is more than physical, Dr. Powell will identify that, too.
The 1983 School of Medicine graduate is a board-certified internist and a psychiatrist. He is so effective in both fields that the Consumers’ Research Council of America recently listed him in its 2002-2003 "Guide to America’s Top Psychiatrists" and its 2002-2003 "Guide to America’s Top Physicians."
The guides are designed to help American consumers select the best doctors available. Physicians are ranked on their experience, education, board certifications and affiliations with professional associations.
But it’s Dr. Powell’s intense passion for the profession that makes him a truly outstanding health care provider. "This career is a calling that I have followed with deep satisfaction," Dr. Powell said. "I love working directly with each and every person to assist that person in finding answers, new behaviors and feeling better, whether I’m treating a patient for hypertension, obesity, diabetes and/or a mental illness."
Dr. Powell firmly believes the mind and body are connected and said the combination of specialties goes hand in hand. "My job is to diagnose each patient, keep an open mind about what is happening psychosocially and medically and use the diagnosis as an aid, a guide, that is flexible."
The result is a higher standard of health care that earned Dr. Powell national recognition and top billing among the Consumers’ Research Council.
And if the two awards weren’t enough, Dr. Powell achieved another milestone last year. "My new wife and I re-met at our 25th high school reunion one-and-a-half years ago," Dr. Powell said. "Our connection was unexpected and God-sent."
Dr. Powell and his wife now live in Maryland. Dr. Powell works at Frederick Memorial Hospital and the National Pike Health Center, a children’s clinic in Baltimore.
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