DSCF5410Features of Dr. Booton’s practice location

We have designed a patient friendly practice for adults that uses the latest in medical technology, while maintaining a focus on the time honored tradition of a personal medical practice. Dr. Booton’s office features include:

1) Free surface parking immediately adjacent to the office building.

2) Electronic Medical Records. This allows Dr. Booton to instantly view your medical records, including test results, and medications to ensure you receive coordinated, optimal care.

3) The Patient Portal allows an electronic communication option whereby you can communicate directly with the doctor or physician’s assistant. You will have access to your chart information, allowing you to actively monitor your health.

4) All of the exam rooms are outfitted with Brewer High-Low exam tables, known for their safety and patient comfort.

5) The exam rooms have innovative vital signs connectivity to the electronic health record. The vital signs are obtained automatically and transferred to the electronic medical record, thereby eliminating manual entry of data.

6) EKG and Lung function testing that automatically transfers the test data to the electronic health record in real time, thus eliminating potential errors in labeling and storage.

7) Specially designed lab area for convenient “in office” blood draws.

PictureSKB2010-240x300Steven K. Booton, M.D., is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Born and raised in Ft. Worth, he graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio and received his medical degree in 1983 from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He completed his internal medicine residency in San Antonio at the UT Health Science Center. He was an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine from 1989 until 1992. In 1993 he moved to Austin where he has been in private practice ever since. In 1993 he was named a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, an honorary distinction awarded by the national organization that represents internists.

Dr. Booton’s special area of interest is in doctor-patient communication. He is interested in addressing ways to strengthen the relationship between doctors and patients. While a faculty member at the medical school in San Antonio, he taught courses in communication skills to students, residents and practicing physicians.

Dr. Booton enjoys playing golf in his free time. He and his wife Ginny love to travel and read as well as sharing a great meal with friends

Dr. Booton is a doctor of internal medicine, or sometimes referred to as an “internist”. Internists are doctors of internal medicine, not to be confused with “interns” who are doctors in their first year of training after medical school. Internists focus on adult medicine and have had special training and study focusing on the prevention and treatment of adult diseases. Three of the seven years Dr. Booton spent in medical school and residency were dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect adults. Internists are sometimes called the “doctor’s doctor” or diagnosticians because they are called upon by other physicians to act as consultants to help solve puzzling diagnostic problems.

Although Dr. Booton is a primary care physician, he is not a family practice doctor. A family practitioner’s or general practitioner’s training is not solely focused on adults and may include pediatrics, surgery and obstetrics.

Internists deal with whatever problem comes up, no matter how common or rare, or how simple or complex. They are trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and are trained to handle severe chronic illnesses and situations, and are experienced in knowing when a medical situation calls for the care of a specialist. When those other medical specialists are involved, the internist serves as the “quarterback”, with special expertise in coordinating their patient’s care.

Internists bring to patient care an understanding of wellness (disease prevention and promotion of health), women’s health, substance abuse, mental health, as well as effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin nervous system and reproductive organs. Caring for diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol levels, and thyroid problems are medical conditions internists routinely manage.

IMG_7733-300x199 (3)The doctor patient relationship is the foundation of excellent medical care. At times, modern medicine’s focus on diagnosis and treatment can seem to diminish the importance of the “connection” between the patient and the doctor. While focusing on fixing the patient, it is quite possible to not completely understand what the patient really needs.

Over the last seventy years (most of what we consider modern medical advances started during or shortly after WW ll), there have been incredible advances in medicine. Indeed this has been the age of “modern medicine” with amazing discoveries in both the diagnosis and treatment of countless medical conditions that were previously untreatable. Yet the need for medicine to be ever mindful of the “patient’s world” and to understand the context of their problems has never been more important.

The patient’s need for comfort, hope and understanding is not just an extra “nicety” that sometime happens in a patient’s encounter with their physician, but rather should be a core component of that care. Excellent medical care should embrace the best of the both worlds, accurate and timely diagnosis and treatment, as well as sophisticated communication that allows the patient’s needs to be heard.

In a 1925 lecture to Harvard medical students entitled “the care of the patient”, Dr. Francis Peabody closed with his now famous quote, “ for the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient”. It is my hope and goal to practice a style of medicine that places an equal focus on both cure and care.