Division of General internal medicine & geriatrics

Donald Courtney, M. D., F.A.C.P.

Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Courtney received his MD degree at University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1982, completed a residency in internal medicine at Eastern Virginia in 1985, and then did a 2-year fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Tennessee-Memphis.  After a brief stint on faculty at University of Tennessee-Memphis, he practiced for 20 years at the VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kansas, with teaching responsibilities at University of Kansas School of Medicine.  He is board-certified in internal medicine, has the certificate of added qualifications for geriatric medicine, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

His research activities have focused on two areas:  interventions to reduce the need for nursing home placement, and cardiovascular disease prevention.  Prior to his move to Charleston in 2008, he had 13 years of consistent funding through the VA Cooperative Studies program.  He is currently involved in clinical research to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

His principal interest at this time is in education of health care providers.  He is a past chair of the Teacher's Section of the American Geriatrics Society.  He is involved in teaching interviewing skills, examining skills, and clinical ethics to pre-clinical medical students, and geriatric and palliative care medicine to medical students and residents.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the American Geriatric Society and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

 Dr. Courtney's Curriculum Vitae (PDF Format)*

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Donald Courtney, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Dr. Courtney's 
Clinical Interests

Hospice and Palliative Care
Maintaining functional independence
Prevention of cardiovascular disease

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