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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Appointments are available for new and existing patients. See below for more information.

Physicians and patients from throughout the Delaware Valley have come to know Jefferson for our quality of care in family medicine. As one of the strongest family medicine programs in the country, Jefferson family practitioners will work to develop long-term relationships with you and your family to ensure that your health is maintained by:

  • Assisting you in managing chronic diseases
  • Ensuring your vaccinations are up to date
  • Performing complete medical exams so that more serious conditions are diagnosed properly and timely
  • Offering programs to help with weight loss, smoking cessation, stress management
  • Providing some of the best medicine to help you maintain a healthy and active life

One of the many benefits of seeing one of our physicians is that should a situation arise where additional specialty opinions and care are required, you and your family will have access to our specialists so that there is continuity in managing the condition and good communication with your primary care physician.

Types of Family Medicine Services Available

Below is a sample listing of the types of services provided by our family medicine physicians:

  • Annual health evaluations
  • Flu shots, allergy injections and vaccines
  • Physical exams for sports, school and summer camp
  • Depression and anxiety disorders
  • Preventive care, health screening and physical exams for individuals of all ages
  • Routine care for women, including Pap smears, pelvic, breast exams and contraception
  • Ongoing care of chronic problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension) and asthma
  • Minor surgical procedures such as draining abscesses, biopsy and removing skin lesions, wart removals
  • Treatment of minor injuries such as lacerations, as well as casting and splinting sprains and broken bones
  • Lab services as well as some radiology tests such as X-ray or EKG

Available any day or time of the week, our physicians place an emphasis on screening, prevention and continuity of care.

Family Medicine Research & Education

Visit the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University for more on research and education.

Schedule an Appointment

Learn more about family and  community medicine at Jefferson Health.

Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to schedule an appointment.

During COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak

We are still scheduling appointments for new and existing patients; however, we have made several temporary adjustments to how we deliver care to reduce your risk and ensure safety. Adjustments we’ve made include:

  • Video/Telehealth visits
    These visits allow you to use a mobile device (smartphone or tablet) or desktop computer with a camera to speak with your physician through a video connection. We continue to encourage you to use telehealth visits, which allow us to provide many needed healthcare services while you are in the comfort of your own home.
  • Expanded In-person appointments
    In-person visits, including early morning, evening and Saturday appointments, are available to patients with health concerns that require special accommodations or as preferred. We’ve developed a direct rooming policy to minimize time spent in waiting rooms and ensure all patients and care team members wear masks and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Increased Health Protocols
    Learn some of the necessary steps we’ve taken to help patients and healthcare providers with their health.

Learn more about initiating a video visit by speaking with your physician’s office or by visiting our telehealth services page.

Department Leadership

    George P. Valko, MD

    Academic Title: Associate Professor
    Gustave and Valla Amsterdam Professor of Family and Community Medicine
    Vice-Chair for Clinical Programs and Quality, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
    Medical Director, Jefferson Family Medicine Associates

    View Dr. Valko's profile »