Breast Care Center Coordinates Care at a Critical Time
A desire to work closely with people led Dr. James Hamrick to follow in his father’s footsteps and pursue a career in medicine. Now, the triple board-certified physician is chief of Medical Oncology and Hematology for Kaiser Permanente of Georgia and an integral part of its Breast Care Center.
With the goal of providing a more integrated service, Dr. Hamrick and a multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists convene to study the case of every Kaiser Permanente member diagnosed with breast cancer. Within days of receiving the diagnosis, members sit down at a table with a breast surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and a breast care coordinator to create a comprehensive care plan. This team approach to treatment—with patients playing an active role in the decision-making—results in a coordinated, timely and more satisfying care experience.
As an oncologist and hematologist, Dr. Hamrick manages the treatment of cancer, often guiding patients through the difficult process of chemotherapy. He believes educating patients about their disease gives them power over their illness.
To ensure patient care is carefully coordinated, Dr. Hamrick works closely with other cancer specialists, as well as plastic surgeons and pharmacists. Kaiser Permanente’s electronic medical record makes it easy for care teams to share information and stay connected.
Dr. Hamrick completed medical school at the University of North Carolina, where he also earned a Master’s in Public Health. He completed his residency and hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. He is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology.
Kaiser Permanente of Georgia
Kaiser Permanente of Georgia is the state’s largest not-for-profit health plan with 28 medical offices in the metro Atlanta area.