Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital (EWCH) welcomes primary care Drs. Terry Fokakis, Stacie Gilmore and Jillian Irwin to Erlanger Medical Group.
Drs. Fokakis and Gilmore are seeing patients at Erlanger Primary Care located in Murphy at 183 Ledford St. Dr. Irwin is accepting patients at the Hayesville office, located at 146 U.S. Highway 64 E.
“The addition of new physicians to our community is the key to a healthier community,” said EWCH Chief of Staff Dr. Thomas Clayton. “More of our neighbors can now establish long-term medical relationships, schedule routine care close to home and maintain critical health history.”
Dr. Fokakis is a board-certified family medicine physician who cares for patients of all ages. His clinical interests include office-based procedures, diabetes, hypertension, thyroid disorders, Opioid Use Disorder, colon cancer screenings, women’s health and family planning, HIV, and Hepatitis C. He earned a master’s degree in biomedical sciences before attending William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg, Miss. Before joining Erlanger, Dr. Fokakis completed a family medicine residency at McLennan County Medical Education and Research Foundation in Waco, Texas.
Dr. Gilmore is a family medicine physician who has experience in both hospital and clinic settings, helping patients of all ages manage a wide variety of chronic medical conditions, including diabetes, heart failure, kidney disease, chronic lung disease, cholesterol and lipid disorders, arthritis, dementia, and many others. Prior to medical school, Dr. Gilmore trained as a cultural anthropologist. She decided to pursue medical training to help fill the need for dedicated rural physicians. She attended the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga., and completed family medicine residency training at Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, S.C.
Dr. Irwin is a board-certified internal medicine physician who uses a holistic, patient-centered approach to create unique, individualized treatment plans in an effort to help patients reach their health goals. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian. Following her undergraduate education at Harvard University, Dr. Irwin attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. While there she also obtained a master’s degree in public health. She then completed an internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where she served as a trustee to the Maryland Medical Society Board and was a resident leader and community liaison for the Johns Hopkins Medicine for the Greater Good Initiative. In addition to her primary care focus, Dr. Irwin’s interests include mental health and population health.
“Erlanger heard the community when they asked for primary care physicians, and we continue to bring talented practitioners to the western North Carolina area in an effort to improve the region’s overall health,” said Erlanger Medical Group Senior Vice President Meridith O’Keefe. “Drs. Fokakis, Gilmore and Irwin are superb physicians who will undoubtedly make a positive impact on the community. They are eager to get to know their patients and the region.”
To make an appointment with Dr. Fokakis or Dr. Gilmore in Murphy, please call 828-837-4712. To make an appointment with Dr. Irwin at the Hayesville location, please call 828-389-3608. To learn more about Erlanger Primary Care, visit erlanger.org/primarycare.
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