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The Role Of Foreign-Born Doctors In Georgia

Dr. Raghu Lolabhattu, an internal medicine doctor with a solo practice in Dublin, Georgia, is actively involved in the Indian physician community. Doctors born outside the United States have, for decades, filled medical gaps, but many also face mounting barriers to practice, according to a special series by Georgia Health News.
Dr. Raghu Lolabhattu, an internal medicine doctor with a solo practice in Dublin, Georgia, is actively involved in the Indian physician community. Doctors born outside the United States have, for decades, filled medical gaps, but many also face mounting barriers to practice, according to a special series by Georgia Health News.
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Doctors born outside the United States have, for decades, filled a gap in rural areas where few doctors will practice.

Georgia, like the nation, faces an increasing doctor shortage, according to Georgia Health News. This shortage looms even as foreign-born physicians face mounting barriers to practice.

That’s the subject of a special series from GHN. Andy Miller is editor and CEO of the nonprofit.

When he spoke to “All Things Considered” host Jim Burress, Miller explained the idea behind the series and what it’s like for a foreign-born doctor who comes to Georgia.

Stories from the GHN series, republished on WABE’s website:

Doctors Born In India Filling Medical Gaps In Georgia

Trained To Be A Doctor, But Held Back By Red Tape

Giving Back: Immigrant Doctors Helping Immigrant Patients In Georgia

In Warner Robins, Muslim Doctors Play A Key Role

‘Dreamer’ Raised In Georgia — Now A Med Student — Feels Shut Out