David Kuo, MD, is a general internist and a faculty member with the Department of Medicine at Morristown Medical Center. He also participates in ambulatory medical education and clinical research, with a focus on delivery of care to the underserved, and teaches residents at the Family Health Center of Morristown, which is the main teaching clinic for Morristown Medical's Internal Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Kuo has received national and regional awards and is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He directs the Atlantic Health System Transitional Year Residency Program ' the only program of its kind in New Jersey ' which provides clinical training for residents going on to fields such as radiology and ophthalmology. He co-manages the medical student clerkship for the Department of Medicine. Among other organizations, he is a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine, the American College of Physicians, and also serves as a member of the Transitional Year Residency Review Committee.
Acceptance into a unique pre-med program at Brown University enabled Dr. Kuo to study the liberal arts and medical ethics in addition to standard science courses as an undergraduate ' an opportunity he credits with shaping his humanist approach to medicine and his development as a physician. After receiving undergraduate and medical degrees at Brown University and completing a residency in primary care and internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Kuo enrolled in a fellowship program at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence that focused on the medical education, research and care for the underserved. “That's what internal medicine is all about: caring for patients, sharing knowledge, communicating, ensuring that people who are marginalized are cared for as well as everyone else,” says Dr. Kuo.
Through his role as a preceptor at the Family Health Center of Morristown and his Internal Medicine practice at 95 Madison Avenue in Morristown, NJ, Dr. Kuo sees patients from all walks of life, from those who simply need a check up to those who have more serious primary care issues, like hypertension, diabetes or high cholesterol.
“I really enjoy building relationships with patients, spending as much time as possible with each individual, at least a good 20 or 30 minutes, especially when they need more time for emotional reasons or complex medical reasons,” he explains. “The right way to treat every patient is to have a preventive care and treatment plan that is as individualized and personal as a possible.”