Infectious Disease Specialist Joins St. Mary’s Medical Group

The Lake Oconee Boomers Team

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Mark Visitacion MD_2013Mark Visitacion, M.D., a specialist in Infectious Diseases, joined St. Mary’s Medical Group on Jan. 1, 2014.

Dr. Visitacion will be providing consultations at area hospitals and is establishing an Athens office at 700 Sunset Drive, Suite 302. He is now accepting appointments for office visits with both new and existing patients, with openings available in early January.

Dr. Visitacion will be an integral part of St. Mary’s Medical Group and ongoing efforts to enhance patient safety through the control and prevention of hospital-acquired infections.  As an Infectious Disease specialist, Dr. Visitacion will help diagnose and treat a wide array of infections.
“We live in a time when antibiotic resistance is changing the way we practice medicine,” Dr. Visitacion said. “As organisms such as MRSA, VRE,C. difficile and MDR gram negatives adapt to our best treatments, we must find new ways to protect and treat patients. Being part of St. Mary’s, I have an exceptional opportunity to not only provide the best medical management for patients, but also to contribute to the broader effort to fight disease.”

“We are excited that Dr. Visitacion will become part of the St. Mary’s family,” said Blake Watts, St. Mary’s Vice President of Physician and Professional Services. “He has been an invaluable member of our medical staff since coming to the Athens area. We look forward to building even closer ties with him that will help individual patients and our efforts to provide the maximum possible levels of patient safety.”

Dr. Visitacion completed his Infectious Disease fellowship at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine.  He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

As part of St. Mary’s Medical Group, Dr. Visitacion and his practice, Infectious Disease Specialists of Athens, will accept Medicare, Medicaid and most major insurance plans. For more information, call 706.559.4405 or visit