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Kelly J. Ahn

Kelly J. Ahn, MD, FACPName:

Kelly J. Ahn, MD, FACP

Email:

kahn@ssim.com

Undergrad Institution; Degree and Major:

Johns Hopkins University, BA in Biology & Psychology - 1989

Medical School:

Emory University School of Medicine - 1993

In practice since:

1996

Your Specialty:

Internal Medicine (Concierge)

Where and for how many years did you train AFTER medical school:

Emory University Affiliated Hospitals – 3 yrs

How did you choose your specialty?

The “fun” in Internal Medicine is cognitively trying to figure out what is wrong with the patient mainly from talking and examining the patient. The Internist is the one who leads and organizes the care for a patient. 

What do you like MOST, and like LEAST, about your specialty?

MOST – I am privileged to have long term relationships with my patients allowing them to confide the most intimate details of their lives to me as their physician.

LEAST – The interference from insurance companies in caring for my patients is what I like least about my specialty.

In your opinion, what attributes are important in anyone choosing this specialty?

Being a good listener is the most important quality of an Internist.  Next, clear communication with the patient. Finally, maintaining an unending level of intellectual curiosity to keep up with medical information.

Hobbies/special interests:

Following all sports especially, World Cup and European soccer

Special interests in medicine:

  • Korean Comfort Women
  • Increasing awareness of human trafficking
  • Violence against women