Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Two New Rheumatologists

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Maria Farooq, MD, and Frederick A. Talip, MD, to the hospital’s network of care at Lexington Rheumatology. They join the board-certified physicians and skilled staff at Lexington Rheumatology to provide convenient, comprehensive care to patients with diseases of the joints and soft tissues.

Dr. Maria Farooq

Dr. Farooq earned her medical degree from Punjab Medical College in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan. She then completed an internal medicine residency at State University of New York in Buffalo and a rheumatology fellowship at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Farooq is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Rheumatology and the American Medical Association, among other organizations.

Dr. Farooq most recently trained as a second-year rheumatology fellow, treating a variety of complex diseases in three different hospital settings, managing a comprehensive inpatient consulting service and teaching residents and students through curriculum, presentations, lectures and grand rounding. During this time, she also worked in the primary care clinic at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo, New York, and as a research volunteer in the Department of Endocrinology at Millard Filmore Gates Hospital in Buffalo.

Dr. Frederick Talip

Dr. Talip completed an internal medicine residency at State University of New York-Buffalo at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, New York, and a rheumatology fellowship at Roger Williams Medical Center at the Boston University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island, where he was also appointed teaching fellow. 

Board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology, Dr. Talip is an American College of Rheumatology Fellow and American Board of Internal Medicine Diplomate. With more than 15 years of experience diagnosing and treating rheumatic conditions, he most recently worked as the lead physician at Novant Health Lake Norman Rheumatology in Cornelius, North Carolina.

Lexington Rheumatology also offers in-house services, including X-ray, on-site bone density scans and infusion treatments, for rheumatic and inflammatory disorders.

Both doctors are accepting new patients.

Lexington Rheumatology
146 North Hospital Drive, Suite 550
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 936-7410

Lexington Medical Center Expands 3-D Mammography

Because of a generous contribution from the Lexington Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary, the hospital’s mobile mammography unit now offers 3-D mammography for breast cancer screening services. The Volunteer Auxiliary donated nearly $375,000 to the Foundation’s Campaign for Clarity to upfit the unit with this lifesaving technology.

The Campaign for Clarity aims to make 3-D mammography available to every LMC patient. In just six months, the Foundation has raised more than $1 million! This success wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Foundation’s major campaign donors, special event sponsors and designated Universal Employee Fund donations.

To schedule the mobile mammography unit to visit your workplace, church or civic organization, call (803) 791 – 2486.

Currently, Lexington Medical Center also offers 3-D mammography at Women’s Imaging on the hospital campus in West Columbia and at Sandhills Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice in Northeast Columbia.

3-D Mammography Offers Clear Advantages
• Ability to detect much smaller lesions, as small as 2 millimeters, for earlier detection and diagnosis
• 41 percent increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers
• 29 percent increase in the detection of all breast cancers
• 15 percent reduction in patient callbacks due to suspicious findings that require additional images, reducing needless anxiety for these patients

Drugged Driving – A Doctor’s Perspective

Dr. Grant Sullivan is a physician at Lexington Medical Center who takes care of patients in the hospital. He also chairs the hospital’s prescription drug abuse prevention committee.

Dr. Grant Sullivan

In an interview with WIS-TV this month, he talked about how controlled substances can impair a person’s ability to drive as much as alcohol.

He also believes that our society is overmedicating people and hopes we can find solutions to help physicians have a more clear picture of all the prescription medicine a person may be taking from multiple providers in different networks of care. One idea he supports is a prescription monitoring portal.

According to Dr. Grant, when treating chronic pain, patients should first try an anti-inflammatory medication and alternative therapies such as yoga or massage. He says prescription painkillers are not always the answer – and won’t take away 100 percent of a patient’s pain.

Learn more with Dr. Grant in the news report below.