Introducing “Ask Dr. Q.”

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Where can you get expert advice on senior health issues? There is a medical specialty whose practitioners are specifically trained in meeting the unique needs of seniors. is pleased to present a new feature, “Ask Dr. Q.” This feature will give OurSeniors readers a chance to get expert answers to specific senior-related health questions.

Meet Dr. Stephen Quaning, M.D. Dr. Quaning is Medical Director and Chief Physician at Metro Health, a medical practice dedicated to senior care. As a young boy, he served as a caregiver for his grandfather and saw the importance of personalized care for seniors. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Quaning completed his internal medicine residency and geriatric fellowship at New York’s prestigious Long Island Jewish Medical Center. In 2000, he became Board Certified in Geriatric Medicine.

Dr. Quaning believes that geriatric care should not merely extend life. It should also make senior years healthy, happy, involved, and productive. He has developed MetroHealth into one of the premier geriatric medical centers in Central Florida.

In our “Ask Dr. Q” feature, readers will have an opportunity to get answers to specific senior medical questions. Here is a great example

Q? What is “Geriatrics”?

Answer- Geriatrics is a medical specialty that focuses on providing care for the unique needs of seniors. It aims to promote senior health by preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases in older adults. Although there is great need, geriatrics is not a common medical specialty. According to the American Geriatrics Society, the U. S. had only 7,454 board-certified geriatricians (like Dr. Quaning) in 2021. This compares to over 91,000 physicians who were board-certified in Internal Medicine between 2001 and 2013.

Attaining board certification is a training process that ensures a high level of knowledge and skill in a specific area of medical practice. It includes years of training, passing a board examination, and a commitment to continued education, ensuring that the doctor has kept up with the latest advances. A board-certified geriatrician is the “gold standard” for senior medical care.

You may submit your question to Dr. Q by sending an email to


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