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Executive Health Program Provides Thorough Assessment

I’m a busy professional with very little time to spare. Is having an annual physical exam really necessary if I don’t feel sick?​

"It sure is," says Robert Dickinson, M.D., a board-certified physician specializing in Executive Health at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. "Preventive care, including annual checkups, is your first line of defense against 'silent killers' like heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancers, which may not have noticeable symptoms​ in the early stages."

Dr. Dickinson says that health programs especially designed for busy professionals offer a full-range of preventive health screenings in a time-efficient manner.

"At Kelsey-Seybold, we have our Executive Health Assessment program that provides male and female executives with comprehensive, personalized health screenings," he says. "We've streamlined the testing and procedures that ordinarily take several appointments into a single visit."

The one-stop Executive Health checkup typically includes laboratory tests, chest X-rays, mammograms or prostate exams and exercise stress tests.

"The exercise stress test is for cardiac screening," says Dr. Dickinson, who cares for patients at Kelsey-Seybold's Main Campus, where the Executive Health Assessment program is located. "We also assess risk factors based on family history, diet, lifestyle considerations and lab-test results."

He says the Executive Health visits are done in a single morning or afternoon with a catered breakfast or lunch, while still allowing patients plenty of consultation time with the doctor.​

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Robert Dickinson, MD

​My philosophy of care is to give my patients all the information they need to make an informed choice. I make sure their questions are answered and they feel comfortable with what I am recommending. I engage them in the decision making process and ensure they understand the changes and medications I will be adding to their daily regimen. I motivate them to do the simple things that keep them healthy; keeping their weight reasonable, stopping smoking, reducing alcohol intake where needed and maintaining their exercise regimens. Ultimately, I promote moderation in their habits such that they can expect a long and healthy life.