It's time to meet another one of the doctors at Arthritis Center of Lexington! Read on to learn all about Dr. Corey Hatfield and what he brings to the table.
Introducing Dr. Corey Hatfield
Dr. Corey Hatfield is an osteopathic physician who trained in South Carolina but left to live and work in Lexington. A Graduate of Pikeville College of Osteopath in 2005, he went on for his residency in internal medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, from which he graduated in 2008. He then completed a fellowship in rheumatology at the Medical University of South Carolina, graduating in 2010. Dr. Hatfield holds dual board certifications — one in internal medicine and one in rheumatology. From 2010 to 2014, he served as an instructor and Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina. He is the co-author of multiple books and papers in his field. Among his areas of special interest are ankylosing spondylitis, gout, lateral epicondylitis, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Dr. Hatfield is affiliated with Baptist Health Lexington, Ephraim Mcdowell Regional Medical Center, Hazard Arh Regional Medical Center and St. Claire Regional Medical Center.
Rheumatology and Osteopathy
Rheumatology is a specialized branch of medicine that diagnoses and treats musculoskeletal disease and systemic autoimmune deficiencies.. Rheumatologists are trained to diagnose, manage and treat conditions that affect the joints, bones, tendons, and ligaments, as well as autoimmune conditions, in which the immune system attacks the patient's body. Dr. Hatfield was trained as a doctor of osteopathy and brings a unique perspective to the field of rheumatology. Medical doctors practice allopathic medicine, which is typically focused on diagnosis, symptom identification and treatment of those symptoms. A doctor of osteopathy completes an equivalent amount of training, but the focus is different. The training is centered around a more holistic, “whole person” view, rather than treating symptoms. Osteopaths also spend additional time learning about the musculoskeletal system and receive training in osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). OMT is a very hands-on approach, which is used for diagnosis, treatment and disease prevention. This kind of training blends well with the practice of rheumatology, which is also heavily oriented toward the musculoskeletal system.
Interview with Dr. Hatfield
We hope this recent interview with Dr. Hatfield will help you get to know him better!
With much of your background being in South Carolina, what brought you to Lexington? I was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky and always felt like this was home.
What do you like to do in your spare time? I most enjoy watching and reading about UK sports.
What is your motivation to get out of bed each morning? What do you love best about your patients? I love the perseverance of each one of my patients.
What would you consider to be your greatest accomplishment in your field? While I’m most proud of [my] kids, I am also proud of being first in my class as chief rheumatology fellow in college, being part of Alpha Omega Alpha during my residency and being featured in numerous publications.
Rheumatic diseases can cause pain, stiffness, swelling and deformity and in some cases can completely incapacitate the individual. Any person might experience stiffness and soreness from time to time. When these conditions persist, however, medical care is often necessary. Talk to your doctor today about how specialized rheumatology care can help you get back to the life you love. Contact us at Arthritis Center of Lexington with any questions you may have.