Navigating the Healthcare Maze when
Facing Complex Health Issues
Dr. Mary Edmondson
Thursday, March 9, 2017
11:45 am – 1:15 pm
at The Glenwood Club
3300 Woman's Club Drive
What do you do when the worst happens and a loved one is diagnosed with complex chronic or acute illness? How do you handle their physical, medical and mental needs, navigating a complex maze of medical institutions?
Mary C. Edmondson, M.D. draws on her extensive medical experience and expertise to help answer these questions. Board certified in both internal medicine and psychiatry, she is uniquely experienced in managing the complex symptoms that arise at the intersection of psychiatric, behavioral and medical illness.
Dr. Edmonson is the founder and medical director of HD Reach, a nonprofit organization working to improve the quality of life for people affected by Huntington’s disease. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and following residency and fellowship training in Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, she joined the faculty of the UNC School of Medicine AHEC program. She later established Cary Medical Group, an internal medicine practice in Cary, N.C. In 2002 she completed a second residency in Psychiatry at Duke University. She then developed a psychiatric consultation service at Duke Raleigh Hospital in 2007, and joined the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center in 2010. In 2015, she became the first medical director at HD Reach where she now supervises social worker and community providers in the care of people affected by Huntington’s disease in North Carolina.
Mary’s efforts are well motivated. After her father lost his battle with Huntington’s disease in 1995, she personally underwent genetic testing. Although fortunate to have tested negative for the gene, her experience with her family’s illness continues to provide a unique perspective in the care of Huntington disease.