Emory Supportive Care Clinic

Emory Supportive Care ClinicThe Emory Supportive Care Clinic provides specialized outpatient medical care for people living with serious illness. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness, whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Supportive Care is provided by a team of palliative care doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work together with a patient's other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and any state in a serious illness, and can be provided along with curative treatment.

Locations:

  • Emory Clifton Rd. Clinic A, 4th Floor: Monday through Thursday, 8:30AM-4:30 PM
  • Emory Midtown, Medical Office Tower, 19th floor, Suite 1950: Friday, 8:30AM-4:30 PM

Palliative Care Team at Supportive Care Clinic

  • Kimberly Curseen, MD, Director of Outpatient Palliative Care
  • Ali John Zarrabi, MD
  • Laura Brachman, MD
  • Lynn Sparks, NP
  • Gwen Harrell, MSN
  • Stephanie Choate, LCSW
  • Janet Speer, Chaplain

 

Mission

We Provide...

  •  an extra layer of support for patients living with serious and life threatening illness
  •  spiritual, emotional, and physical management of suffering for patients, including:
    •  pain management
    •  symptom management (including fatigue, constipation, insomnia, lack of appetite, sexual dysfunction)
    •  emotional support through medications, counseling, and therapy
    •  spiritual support through dedicated patient-centered spiritual health services
    •  coordination of care with your other providers
    •  guidance with complicated medical decision-making

 

We Are...

  •  a platform for research and education in outpatient palliative care institutionally, regionally, and nationally
  •  a laboratory for innovation in outpatient palliative care with the goal to dissemminate practice models regionally and nationally
  •  a collaboration site with other medical disciplines trying to implement primary palliative care across healthcare systems

What should I expect?

In our clinic you will be supported by a team that includes multiple specialties that may include internal medicine, geriatrics, anesthesiology, physiatry, among others. On your first visit you may meet our spiritual health counselor, licensed clinical social worker, and/or the registered nurse in addition to your nurse practitioner or physician. Your follow-up visit will be tailored to meet your individual needs.

Appointments

To make an appointment, please call (404) 778-6448.

Some insurance plans require you to obtain a referral from your primary care provider or clinic in order to see us. Please be sure a referral is sent as our clinic cannot prescreen for you. Emory patients are given first priority for appointments. Outside referrals are reviewed for appropriateness. For an outside referral to be considered, it must come directly from the referring provider in addition to direct communication from the referring provider to our Medical Director. We have no walk-in appointment times. We see our patients by appointment only. Our primary concern is the safe, efficient delivery of medical care for all of our patients.  

 

First Arrival

All patients are expected to arrive 30 minutes early for the first appointment.  Please bring your current insurance card and a photo ID to each appointment.  If appropriate, please bring any records from your referring physician and/or previous evaluations such as labs or imaging to facilitate your consultation. Also bring all your medications to your appointment.

Lateness

If you are going to be more than 10 minutes late please call the office to notify us at (404) 778-6448. If you are more than 30 minutes late you may not be seen depending on the provider's schedule for that day. If you are late for your appointment and the next patient has arrived early, the next patient may be seen during your appointment time.

Cancellations

If you need to cancel an appointment we ask that you call 48 hours in advance in order to be rescheduled. Repeated failure to keep an appointment with your provider may result in the need for another referral and delay of prescription refills.

Prescription Refills

All non-opioid prescriptions will be sent to the pharmacy within 2 business days after notifying our office. To request a refill, please call our office at (404) 778-6448 and follow the prompts. Prior authorizations may require up to 72 hours to be completed. If you have not heard back from either the pharmacy or our office, please call our office during regular business hours to check on the status of your prescriptions.

To be in compliance with the state of Georgia, we will do random urine drug screens. It is also our clinic policy that we enter into a controlled substance agreement with you for your safety and well-being.

New Patients and Opioids

Opioids may be appropriate to manage your pain.  If you present in pain we will complete a thorough assessment to determine the most effective pain management strategy. A referral to our clinic does not guarantee that we will automatically refill your opioids if we believe opioids are inappropriate for you. We cannot prescribe opioids prior to you being seen in our clinic.

Established Patients

Please call three business days prior to running of your opioid or controlled medications.

Our clinic policy is to not provide same day opioid or controlled substance refills.

We understand that emergencies happen; however, we cannot guarantee your request can be honored.

Paper prescriptions can be picked up if your provider agrees at the following times and locations:

  •  Monday through Friday, Emory Clifton Road campus, 8:30AM to 4:30PM
  •  Certain Fridays, Emory Midtown location, 8:30AM to 4:30PM

Medical Cannabis Oil

It is not legal in the state of Georgia to buy cannabis oil or marijuana within the state. There are no medical marijuana dispensaries in Georgia.  Georgia physicians can register qualifying patients for cannabis oil cards.  A card is then issued to the individual from the county of residence stating that they have met the criteria for medical cannabis oil and are registered to have it in their possession.

Georgia law has specific requirements that determine candidacy for medical cannabis oil.  Drs. Curseen and Zarrabi and registered with the state of Georgia and are capable of performing this assessment. Referral to the clinic is not a guarantee that you will be a candidate under Georgia Law. All patients who are deemed appropriate by our physicians and registered with the state of Georgia must maintain a doctor-patient relationship with our clinic to maintain their card. 

For more information, visit dph.georgia.gov/low-thc-oil-faq-general-public