Hattiesburg Health | MDVIP with Hattiesburg Clinic Physician, Kabeer Burman, MD

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We are so fortunate to feature Hattiesburg Clinic, South Mississippi’s largest physician owned, multi-specialty practice, in TSG Hattiesburg. Kabeer Burman, MD at Hattiesburg Clinic was gracious enough to do an exclusive interview with us! Read our conversation below:

In a few short sentences, tell us how and why you ended up in Hattiesburg.

While doing my internal medicine residency at Ochsner in New Orleans, I was recruited by Hattiesburg Clinic. At that time, I did not know much about Hattiesburg, so my wife and I visited to explore the Hub City, and we quickly realized it was a great place to work and live. That was 12 years ago. We are now raising our children here – in a city we are proud to call home.

How is your practice with MDVIP different than other primary care practices?
First, let me start by saying as medicine continues to change, Hattiesburg Clinic recognizes the need to evolve. The concept of my practice focuses on maintaining a smaller number of patients in comparison to traditional primary care practices. By doing so, I am able to provide a personalized, comprehensive approach to primary care. I have longer appointment times for each patient and the annual wellness program includes more preventative screenings than traditional annual wellness exams. There is additional time dedicated to patients’ individual health and lifestyle goals on top of immediate medical concerns and preventative care. Additionally, having the concierge-style conveniences of same or next day appointments and 24/7 physician cellphone access, enables us to manage symptoms or issues before they escalate, thereby substantially reducing hospitalizations and ER utilization. Moreover, patients enjoy travel benefits, where we can help arrange care with a local provider or pharmacy when a patient is traveling.

What is the importance of preventative medicine?
Preventative medicine aims to reduce the frequency and severity of diseases and hospitalizations. By addressing the underlying issues that can cause these diseases and supporting healthy behaviors, preventative measures can lessen the development of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Extensive consultations, screenings, advanced testing and early detection of diseases should ultimately result in better health and quality of life. It enables people to stay active, productive, and independent as they age, reducing the impact of illness and disability. Prevention is often more cost-effective than treating diseases at later stages. Investing in prevention measures can lead to significant cost savings by averting expensive medical treatments, hospitalizations, and long-term care needs. Moreover, preventative medicine empowers individuals to take charge of their health by providing education, resources, and support to make informed decisions about their well-being.

Can you tell us more about your annual wellness program?
MDVIP membership includes the annual wellness program which consists of comprehensive screenings and advanced diagnostic tests to assess the following areas of health: heart health, diabetes, nutrition and fitness, weight management, respiratory health, bone health, sleep, emotional well-being, endocrine wellness, hearing and vison. Subsequently, I visit with the patient to discuss all of the results in detail during an extended appointment. Together, we then develop an individualized plan to better manage or improve the numbers. The annual wellness plan is all about helping identify and addressing each individual’s unique needs so they can focus on living a vibrant life.

How many patients do you see?
I typically see about 8 patients a day, which allows me the time to provide in-depth knowledge and one-on-one support for personalized care. As a Hattiesburg Clinic physician who has served in a hospital-based role for years at Forrest General Hospital, I continue to collaborate with Hattiesburg Clinic physician specialists as necessary to ensure continuity of care.

What are some of your local Hattiesburg favorites?
I like dining at Buschman Street Cafe, Mario’s, and Jutamas. My family and I spend time at the local golf courses and lakes, as well as Oak Grove Optimist Park baseball fields.

To learn more about Dr. Burman’s MDVIP practice, please click here, or call Bellevue Family Medicine at (601) 261-1510.