Dr. Mary Coleman
Mary Coleman was initially attracted to Family Medicine because it is a
practice that focuses closely on relationships, and also one that
offers a great deal of variety in her daily patient activities.
"I like taking care of families,” Dr. Coleman says, "and being able to get to know people in greater depth.”
A graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr.
Coleman has been with the LSU Department of Family Medicine since 2011.
She and her fellow physicians provide a broad scope of acute and
ambulatory care, along with preventive medicine and patient education,
for children, adults and seniors.
"We pride ourselves on our ability to build long-term care
relationships with our patients and the community,” Dr. Coleman says.
"It’s not unusual for us to treat both the grandchildren and the
grandparents in a single family! Our care has a global perspective, and
we focus on the continuous improvement of a patient’s quality of life in
a variety of specialties and across all stages of life.”
This global perspective that makes Family Medicine so rewarding for
Dr. Coleman is also what she values most about the "Medical Home.”
Thisis not an actual place; it’s a concept. It is a philosophy of
team-based primary care that follows five basic principles —
patient-centered, comprehensive, coordinated, accessible, and focused on
quality and safety. Dr. Coleman and the physicians who follow this
model strive to achieve primary care excellence by offering the right
type of care at the right time, and in the manner that best suits a
Medical Home is focused on treating the whole patient by integrating
all parts of the medical community,” Dr. Coleman says. "We give patients
enhanced access to care when and how they need it.”
This comprehensive, patient-centered approach forms a partnership
between physician and patient to ensure a patient has the education and
support needed to actively participate in his own care. That care is
provided by a team of physicians who are wholly accountable for a
patient’s physical and mental health care needs, including prevention
and wellness, acute care and chronic care.
The Medical Home philosophy combines old-fashioned practice with
thoroughly modern technology. It blends the type of personalized,
comprehensive care that family physicians have been offering for
decades, while capitalizing on new technology — all while helping
patients make sense of the increasingly complex health care system.
"We can offer same-day appointments,” Dr. Coleman says. "Whether they
are in-office, over the phone, on the web or, if necessary, in the
patient’s home. We find that in-person visits might not always be
necessary, when a phone consultation can provide a patient with the
information they need. It’s all about a patient’s access to a
The Medical Home offers many of the modern conveniences to which we
have all grown accustomed, such as e-mail communication, quality ratings
and pricing information, secure online tools to help consumers manage
their health information, plus appointment reminders and support-group
access. While it is steadily gaining popularity in the greater New
Orleans community, the Medical Home has become a widely accepted model
in other markets for how primary care should be organized and delivered
throughout the health care system.
"We are able to use data in a way we never did before,” Dr. Coleman
says. "With the data we gather through e-records, we can monitor
improvements across the whole population, as well as focus on treating
the individual patient.”
In 2014, following a lengthy application process, Dr. Coleman and her
fellow family practice physicians within the LSU Healthcare Network
achieved a "PCMH-Level 2” accreditation from the National Committee for
Quality Assurance, making their group a certified Medical Home.
Dr. Mary T. Coleman, MD, PhD
St. Charles Ave. Multi-Specialty
3700 St. Charles Ave., 6th Floor
The Ohio State University, College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH
Biochemical Neuropathology, NIH Research Service Award, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
American Board of Family Medicine