Atlanta, Ga. (June 6, 2013) – Jim W. Latimer, M.D., has been practicing family medicine for nearly 20 years, but many of his patients in Henry county have known him for more than 40 years. Latimer, a Henry county native and Stockbridge High School graduate, has deep roots in the area where his great-great-grandfather, Dr. Ira Lawson Gunter, practiced medicine in the 1850s.
“My long-time connection to this community allows me to have a doctor-patient relationship on a deeper level than most physicians,” said Dr. Latimer. “My great-great-grandfather probably treated the ancestors of many of my patients now. Knowing patients and their families and having them know mine makes for a positive experience in providing healthcare.”
Dr. Latimer is joining Piedmont Physicians Group after having practiced at McIntosh Trail Family Practice in Stockbridge for many years. After receiving his bachelor’s degree at Georgia Institute of Technology, he earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed his residency in family practice at the McLennan County Medical Education and Research Foundation in Texas.
Dr. Latimer’s family tree goes back nearly 200 years with seven generations of settlers in Henry County. His goal as a physician is to still practice “like the old country doctor,” but utilize the latest in medical technology and research to treat patients.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Latimer join the Piedmont family,” said Berney Crane, president of Piedmont Medical Care Corporation, the parent company of Piedmont Physicians Group. “Research shows physicians practicing in their hometowns have a positive impact on patient care. Dr. Latimer’s history with the community and his experience in healthcare make him a one-of-a-kind physician and we are proud to have him on our team.”
Dr. Latimer is board-certified by the American Board of Family Practice and is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice. His practice is located at 55 Sims Street in McDonough, Ga. Dr. Latimer welcomes new patients and accepts most major insurance plans.
To schedule an appointment or find out more information, call 770-957-4195. For more information about Piedmont Physicians Group, visit piedmontphysicians.org.