Pritha Browning, M.D.Primary Care Specialist in Dallas
Pritha Browning, M.D., says the most important thing she does with her patients is build trust. It’s what’s made her an effective primary care specialist for nearly two decades.
“As a primary care physician, I’m able to develop long-term relationships with my patients and to help them manage whatever health care issues come up in their lives,” she says. “I like the variety of people I get to care for and the different types of problems that I get to help people address.”
At UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Browning works with patients to help them make connections between their actions and their health and to find simple changes they can make that will improve their health.
“I want to guide my patients to focus on themselves and to come up with solutions that work for each individual,” she says.
Dr. Browning believes most people know the behaviors that put them at risk for chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. But taking preventive action to address those risk factors, whether it’s through diet, exercise, or stress management, is a different matter.
“Often the simplest answer is taking care of yourself, eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep,” Dr. Browning says. “While a lot of us know all of those basic things, it can be really challenging for many people to change their behaviors.”
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When her patients develop chronic illnesses, Dr. Browning helps them come up with a tailored treatment plan and, when necessary, manage their experiences with other specialists.
She has extensive experience caring for people with diabetes. As diabetes becomes more prevalent, Dr. Browning strives to help her patients prevent the complications that can develop when the disease isn’t well controlled.
“I'm passionate about helping diabetic patients manage their disease,” she says. “I've witnessed firsthand what can happen when it doesn't get managed properly – the complications that occur and how a person’s health can deteriorate.”
Dr. Browning has also spent a great deal of time treating patients with other common ailments, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. She understands that these diseases, in addition to diabetes, put patients at higher risk of future complications such as heart disease and stroke. She is determined to do everything she can to help her patients control their blood pressure and cholesterol, which can help to avoid other problems later.
Dr. Browning’s practice also emphasizes women's health care. “I enjoy helping women manage the different transitions in their lives,” she says, “whether it's preventing pregnancy or deciding that they're ready to conceive or managing pre- and post-menopausal symptoms.”
With all her patients, it’s the long-term relationships that are most gratifying to Dr. Browning.
“It’s not only helping my patients manage their health care,” she says. “It’s also becoming part of their life and having them become part of mine. I think that's probably one of the most rewarding things about being a primary care physician.
“It’s the reward of being someone to whom my patients trust to ask questions – you can't put a price tag on that.”
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